Patients warned over stolen body parts claim

Stolen body parts claim

17.10.2006

Over 1,000 body parts are thought to have been stolen by gangs in the US who then sold them on for transplant. The bodies were illegally obtained from mortuaries in New York and bones, ligaments and skin were harvested for use in transplants and sold to New Jersey tissue recovery business Biomedical Tissue Services (BTS) who then exported material to the UK.

Biomedical Tissue Services forced to close

The company was forced to close by the US Food & Drug Administration late last year after allegations that it had forged documents to obtain access to bodies from undertakers.

Despite a recall in the UK by the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) late last year it is believed that it was too late to retrieve all pieces of bone from British hospitals, some of which had already been used on patients.

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