Rechtzaak Protopappa in 2005 m.b.t. Bio-Alcamid tegen zijn eigen
Polymekon started as a family affair. Two brothers – Carmelo, the
scientist and Biagio, the businessman – who were responsible for
bringing Bio-Alcamid worldwide ran it.
Xtra contacted Carmelo Protopapa to ask about his experience with
Bio-Alcamid. He, too, highlighted the great work that can be done
wife has it, and mother has it,” Protopapa says. “They don’t have
But, it seems, he was also one of the first to recognize
the problems associated with the product.
Protopapa filed a lawsuit against
Polymekon in 2005, after issuing several warnings about Bio-Alcamid
that were ultimately ignored. “I filed legal proceedings to stop
everything,” he says. “I lost.”
this is important, one of the two brothers who started the company
in Italy, was suing his own company and he lost!!!
Protopapa spent months lobbying his brother, the CEO, to
issue a warning to doctors. Bio-Alcamid, he said, couldn’t form a
protective capsule around itself if it were too spread out across
the face – and that would leave it open to infection. The executives
“They only think of the money,” Protopapa says.
again one of the brothers that started the company in Italy actual
states that the purpose for these experiments was for money.
Bio-Alcamid is still being used, especially in parts of Asia, and
has almost no complications. That, says Protopapa, is because the
risk was finally recognized and Bio-Alcamid is now being used only
for small plastic surgery procedures. They should have recognized
that in 2005, he says, rather than keeping quiet about the side
explained some of these problems to one Canadian plastic surgeon who
worked extensively with Polymekon. “He explained to me that it
wasn’t important to remove it, because [Bio-Alcamid] doesn’t have
any complications,” he says. “That wasn’t a smart answer.”
Protopapa says Polymekon was more than ready to cover the cost of
removing Bio-Alcamid, but only if it could be proved that its
malfunctioning was due to a manufacturing error. That’s no easy
task. That deal was struck with several AIDS groups, and it appears
that no Canadian patients ever had recourse to take that option.
Protopapa says he regrets finding out about the problems so
“I should have stopped before,” he says.
they did know, there were
many previous studies the results of which they ignored. There were
30 years of trials and failures and publications. This was simply a
get rich scheme from a community that was already struggling with
life, and any promise of some small benefit was like holding a candy
in front of a baby.
Wanneer het waar is dat Protopapa een rechtszaak tegen zijn eigen
broer is aangespannen, moet dit toch ergens te vinden zijn zodat wij
er iets mee kunnen doen?
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