Diluted Chemotherapy Cancer Patients Want Accountability
Cancer patients who received diluted chemotherapy drugs are speaking out against a $2.375-million class action lawsuit.
In 2012-2013, 1200 people in Ontario and New Brunswick including 290 in Windsor-Essex received watered down doses of the drugs.
Under the proposed settlement, each person would receive $1,500 but some of them are not happy.
More than a dozen who are included in the class action lawsuit told a Windsor judge today that the settlement is an insult and a slap in the face and are asking him to reject it.
Darlene Williams says she lives with what-ifs every day. Her husband, Randy, died of cancer in 2014 and had undergone the the diluted chemotherapy treatment.
"We were victims once, don't let us be victims again," Williams told the judge.
Louise Martens received eights rounds of diluted chemotherapy.
"We understand we are not going to see monetary justice. What we want is public and open apologizes. We have been short-changed from the get-go," she says.
Martens says she would rather receive no money.
Lawyers for the plaintiffs and defendants in the case argue the settlement is fair and reasonable pointing to a public inquiry and the Theissen Report concluding the dilution rate was within "acceptable medical margins of error".
Justice Greg Verbeem told the court he will take some time to consider his decision.