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Sunday, April 09, 2006

How Big Do You Think This Thing Is...

Let's see here... Where are those posts...

They're here in my archives...

Do you guys remember me telling you about the "Body Parts Snatching Ring" that was busted?

The first time I wrote about it was back in February.

The second time I wrote about it was when the daughter of one of the deceased "victims" wrote an article about her father's missing tissues.

He was very elderly and died of cancer you know.

And then there was the first report of Priscilla Loveland from Cushing, Oklahoma, who had been notified that she had received a cadaver bone from one of the untested/unscreened/illegal/recalled body parts.

Linda in Norman gave me a head's up today and told me that the local paper, the Daily Oklahoman, had printed a front page story about this problem.

Here's a link to the online story.

The Oklahoman also has links to the FDA's notices that they mailed out back in 2005 concerning the unsettling situation.

The FDA has a *recall page* which contains a running list of the recalls. There were five tissue processors that had received the illegal biologicals. Each of these companies have their recall listed on this FDA page.

The FDA's announcement concerning the situation says in part:

Some of this tissue may have been implanted into patients from early 2004 to September 2005. The tissue was recovered by BTS from human donors who may not have met FDA donor eligibility requirements and who may not have been properly screened for certain infectious diseases. At this time, the implicated tissues from BTS include human bone, skin, and tendons. These products represent only a small percentage of the overall U.S. tissue supply.

Gee whiz... do you reckon there's a lot of people walking around with these illegal and possibly tainted biologicals in them?

Evidently the Daily Oklahoman contacted the FDA with this very same question.

The Federal Food and Drug Administration officials Friday refused to say how many Oklahomans recieved the potentially tainted body parts during surgeries that took place from early 2004 to September 2005. At least 15 Oklahoma medical facilities performed surgeries with potentially tainted bone tissue.

It is now thought as many as 30 funeral homes may be involved and thousands of body parts were taken from more than 1,000 cadavers, according to public reports.

The "Body Snatcher Ring" that was busted this past fall aren't the only ones doing this kind of thing. It's too lucrative of a business for it *not* to be going on in other places around the country.

The tissue processors are paying way too much money for these cadaver parts for there not to be any significant illegal activity.

I will say it once again...

This problem is a lot deeper than the 6 feet it appears to be.



Blogger Dreaming again said...


This stuff is supposed to just be in Robin Cooks' imagination!!!!!!!!!!

April 09, 2006 9:40 PM  
Anonymous Moof said...

I agree with PK ... "ewwwww!"

Really, this bothers me more than I can express, and in ways I find difficult to express.

Thanks for being so "up" on things, TJ! There are some pieces of info I'd never realize if I didn't read it here.


April 10, 2006 5:46 AM  
Blogger Sue said...

Yuk. At first I was shocked that this could be going on but now, on reflection, it doesn't surprise me. Where there's money to be made, people will do anything!

April 10, 2006 5:47 AM  
Blogger It's me, T.J. said...

Hey guys!

One of the worst things about this type of illegal activity is that it can directly affect innocent people.

Unlike, say, a drug dealer who affects me, you, and society in a more indirect way by only selling to his *customers*, this type of illegal activity could really hurt someone and their family!

With millions upon millions of dollars at stake here why hasn't something like this been looked at before?

People will do a lot of illegal thilngs for a lot less money...

I hope you all had a good day today.


April 10, 2006 4:59 PM  

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