"Bad Blood: A Cautionary Tale chronicles a frightening time in our nation's history when our blood supply was breached by both AIDS and hepatitis. Through the eyes of survivors and family members, Bad Blood tells how a "miracle" treatment for hemophilia became an agent of death for 10,000 Americans. Faced with evidence that pharmaceutical companies and government regulators knew the product was contaminated with deadly viruses from the 1960s through the early 1990s, the hemophilia community launched a powerful and inspiring fight to right the system that failed them and make it safer for all.
"The lessons learned from this tragic time should not be forgotten," says Make Skinner, president of the World Federation of Hemophilia. "Out of this tragedy and similar experiences worldwide, a new era of safe and effective treatment products emerged. However, there is a continual need for worldwide vigilance to prevent history from being repeated."
The bleeding disorders community continues to stand as guardians of the nation's blood supply using the history recounted in 'Bad Blood' as a call to arms for continued vigilance today.
The broadcast is scheduled for June 2. Check your local listings at http://www.badblooddocumentary.com/broadcasts or contact your local PBS station and ask them to broadcast 'Bad Blood: A Cautionary Tale.'