The body parts industry, which suffered two recent scams, is now under investigation by the Food and Drug administration of United States . According to official reports, the billion-dollar industry was examined by an in-house review board resulting in a call for a doubling of FDA inspections.
From the FDA itself, there has been a series of inspections, and accordingly, the 153 searches, have uncovered no morbid secrets.
The body parts industry, which is essentially the business of harvesting organ and non-organ parts for transplant, has now more than 2000 companies dealing within it.
This Tuesday, the FDAs tissues chief, Dr. Celia Witten, pronounced the industry safe and claimed the government oversight was working for the more than 1 million medical procedures involving non-organ body parts: "Today's report finds no significant industry wide problem in the recovery of human tissues", Witten was quoted.
Yet, experts in the industry say those recommendations would not have prevented two recent well-publicized scandals over the safety of cadaver tissues that were transplanted. Thousands of Americans who had routine procedures like knee and back operations were urged to get tested for HIV and hepatitis last year because of concerns about the tissues they received.
One of the most public cases involved charges that bones and other tissues were stolen from funeral home corpses, including that of "Masterpiece Theatre" host Alistair Cooke.
According to critics, the FDA task force's recommendations would not stop funeral homes from recovering body parts, do not require background checks and certification or immediate inspections of new companies that set up shop in the tissue business. They also would not prevent fraud.
The task force was comprised of FDA employees who met in secret.
According to former FDA attorney Areta Kupchyk, an expert in the tissue industry, while some of the proposals are goPage: 1 2 Related medicine news :1
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