Veterans exposed to cadaver parts from contaminated lab

By Kathleen Miller, Bloomberg NewsBloomberg11:20 p.m. CST, January 24, 2014

WASHINGTON — The Department of Veterans Affairs ordered $241 million of cadaver tissue and other material derived from human and animal bodies in the last three years, some of it from vendors warned by federal regulators about contamination in their supply chain.

About $4.7 million of the VA purchases came from Alachua, Fla.-based RTI Surgical Inc. and the nonprofit Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation, of Edison, N.J., according to data obtained by Bloomberg News under a Freedom of Information Act request.

The VA ordered human tissue from the two suppliers after they were warned by the FDA for safety deficiencies — RTI for contaminated products and processing facilities, and Musculoskeletal Transplant for distributing tissue from tainted donor bodies, according to federal contracting data compiled by Bloomberg.

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When Organ Donation Relies on Facebook, Something Is Wrong

 

EMILE THERIEN
Special to The Globe and Mail
Published

That some Canadians are turning to social media in search of donors indicates the troubled state of organ donation in this country. The deceased donation rate in Canada, according to experts, is half that of those countries with the best rates, including Australia, the United States and Spain. The U.S. and Spain have 30 to 32 donors for every million people compared to 16 for every million people in Canada….

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/globe-debate/when-organ-donation-relies-on-facebook-something-is-wrong/article16252673/

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