What are a tissue transplants? Are tissue transplants regulated and safe?
Transplants can involve any part of the body. Common transplants involve tissue,
bone/bone marrow, tendons, organs, and even corneas. These transplants are taken
from a deceased or sometimes a live donor then implanted into a needy recipient.
Transplants require the written approval from the family or prior approval from
the donor. Transplants also require a medical history review, physical
assessment, and disease screening test to meet FDA donor requirements.
It is alleged that bodily tissue may have been taken without proper
authorization and without donor screening. Tissue processors in New Jersey,
Georgia, Texas, and Florida received tissue from Biomedical Tissue Services. The
potentially diseased tissue may have been used for bone marrow transplants, bone
transplants, heart valve transplants, or skin grafts in 2004 and 2005. Tissue
transplants side effects may include communicable and infectious diseases and
misrepresentation of the donor's age and health status.
Tissue transplantation is similar to organ transplantation, but the tissue
transplants industry is regulated much more loosely. While organ donors are only
identified by doctors in hospitals, tissue donations may come from funeral homes
or morgues. Although the companies that test and sterilize tissue must be
registered with the FDA, they are not subject to any regular inspections or
audits, but are only inspected when the FDA decides there has been a risk
associated with the tissue bank.
This is not the first case of transplanted organs, bones, or tissue obtained
without the donor's permission and without proper screening. The demand for
transplants is great and those involved will often take illegal measures to
deliver the parts for a high price. These reckless actions pose serious health
threats to the transplants' recipient and emotional trauma to the deceased donor's
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