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RTI Body Tissue Parts Side Effects Lawsuits | Side Effects: Infectious Diseases, Injury, HIV, Hepatitis | Untested Tissue and Body Parts

RTI Body Tissue Parts Side Effects May Lead To Infectious Disease Lawsuits

RTI Body Tissue Parts | Lawsuits, Lawyers | Side Effects: Infectious Diseases, Injury, HIV, Hepatitis | Untested Tissue and Body Parts

On October 14, 2005, Regeneration Technologies, Inc. (RTI) a Florida-based processor of orthopedic, cardiovascular and other biologic implants, announced that the company, along with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), issued a voluntary recall. The recall includes allograft implants processed from donor tissue received from Biomedical Tissue Services (BTS), due to questions raised with respect to donor documentation received from Biomedical Tissue Services (BTS).

Thousands of patients who underwent tissue, bone and organ transplants are at risk of developing serious diseases due to the use of untested body parts. Recent criminal charges detailed the illegal sale of untested body parts and tissue to hospitals, distributors and medical device manufacturers. The FDA is concerned that the recipients of untested body parts and tissues are potentially at risk of developing HIV, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, Syphilis and other infectious diseases.

The untested body parts and tissue scandal centers around Biomedical Tissue Services (BTS), which allegedly acquired body parts without donor permission and sold them for use in transplants performed at hospitals and other medical facilities throughout the United States. The owner and three other employees of Biomedical Tissue Services (BTS) have been indicted in Brooklyn, New York for taking body parts without legal consent and without proper screening. It is believed that funeral home operators accepted money from Biomedical Tissue Services (BTS) in exchange for ignoring obviously forged death certificates and consent forms. The body parts and tissue in question have been distributed throughout the country and used in thousands of operations.

Biomedical Tissue Services (BTS) sold these illegal body parts to several large companies including LifeCell Corporation, Tutogen Medical, Inc.,  Lost Mountain Tissue Bank and Blood & Tissue Center of Central Texas. The FDA and most of the companies involved have not disclosed the number of patients that received the untested parts and tissue.

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If you or a loved one has received any bone, organ, or tissue transplant, please fill out the form at the right for a free case evaluation by a qualified defective medical device attorney or call us at 1-800-YOURLAWYER (1-800-968-7529).


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Brothers Admit Selling Cadavers in Body Trafficking Scam

Sep 3, 2008 | Parker Waichman LLP
Yesterday, the Associated Press (AP) broke the news about Michael Mastromarino, 44, of Fort Lee, New Jersey, the  who made millions by masterminding a body trafficking scam that involved stealing hundreds of bodies and selling body parts and tissue to medical companies.  Today, the AP is reporting that the two brothers—Louis and Gerald Garzone—who ran a funeral home and crematorium involved in the body trafficking scheme admitted they sold cadavers as part of the...

Guilty Plea in Biomedical Tissue Services Scandal

Sep 2, 2008 | Parker Waichman LLP
The Associated Press broke the news about Michael Mastromarino, 44, of Fort Lee, New Jersey, who made millions of dollars by stealing hundreds of bodies and selling their body parts and tissue to medical companies under the company name Biomedical Tissue Services, located in New Jersey.  Bodies were taken from funeral homes; tissue and body parts were often diseased and previously rejected. Mastromarino pleaded guilty Friday to a wide variety of charges that may land him in prison for the...

L.I. woman suing body-carve ghouls

May 13, 2006 | New York Daily News
A Long Island woman claiming she received potentially diseased bone from a corpse during a transplant procedure plans to sue the bosses of a body parts-for-sale ring and two companies that sold their products. Pamela Grigorian, 48, of Middle Island, charges in a suit to be filed Monday that bone grafted onto her spine during a 2004 disk repair procedure was illicitly harvested by Michael Mastromarino and Joseph Nicelli. Both men have been indicted by a Brooklyn grand jury for illegally carving...

Alabama man says defective tissue transplanted in surgery

May 9, 2006 | AP
A Trussville man has filed a lawsuit saying he received defective tissue from a company implicated in a body parts theft scheme when he underwent surgery at a Birmingham hospital. The federal lawsuit filed Friday on behalf of Frank D. Fife alleges he received defective tissue from Biomedical Tissue Services, a New Jersey company closed by the Food and Drug Administration. The lawsuit says he received the tissue, including tendons in his neck, during a 2004 surgery at Medical Center East. ...

FDA Provides Information on Investigation into Human Tissue for Transplantation

Oct 26, 2005 |
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is notifying the public of its investigation of human tissue recovered by Biomedical Tissue Services, Ltd. (BTS) of Ft. Lee, NJ, and sent to tissue processors. 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...

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