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Untested Body Parts

Untested Body Parts Side Effects Lawsuits | Side Effects: Risk of Developing Infectious Diseases, Risks of HIV, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, Syphilis | Fraudulent Documents, Untested Tissue, Illegal Sale of Untested Body Parts

Untested Body Parts Side Effects Could Lead To Infectious Disease Lawsuits

Untested Body Parts | Lawsuits, Lawyers | Side Effects: Risk of Developing Infectious Diseases, Risks of HIV, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, Syphilis | Fraudulent Documents, Untested Tissue, Illegal Sale of Untested Body Parts

Illegal Sale Of Untested Body Parts & Tissue

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, which allegedly acquired body parts without donor permission and sold them for use in transplants performed at hospitals and other medical facilities within the United States. The owner and three other employees of Biomedical Tissue Services 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 the company 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 sold these illegal body parts to several large companies including Lifecell Corp., Regeneration Technologies, Inc., 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.

Untested Body Parts Scandal - Timeline

2001 -- Former dental surgeon Michael Mastromarino of Fort Lee teams up with embalmer Joseph Nicelli in a tissue-harvesting business.

Early 2002 -- The pair allegedly begin more than three years of harvesting tissue without consent.

November 2004 -- Following a complaint, an NYPD detective begins investigating a Brooklyn funeral home that Nicelli had recently sold.

Oct. 7, 2005 -- News of the investigation breaks.

Oct. 13, 2005 -- The Food and Drug Administration orders a recall of any unused tissue procured by BioMedical Tissue Services.

November 2005 -- Medtronic revported that it received approximately 13,000 allografts from Regeneration Technologies, Inc that originated from BioMedical Tissue Services and implanted 8,000 of them.

Feb. 3, 2006 -- The FDA shuts down BTS.

Feb. 23, 2006 -- A 122-count indictment is unsealed in Brooklyn against Mastromarino, Nicelli and two others

March 8, 2006 -- Brooklyn authorities are preparing indictments against funeral home employees, a law enforcement source tells The Record.

Legal Help For Victims Affected By Untested Body Parts Scandal

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 from a qualified defective medical device attorney or call us at 1-800-YOURLAWYER (1-800-968-7529).


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Second Human Tissue Broker Faces Prison

Mar 10, 2009 | Parker Waichman LLP
A human tissue broker has entered a guilty plea and faces prison time for mail fraud, the News Observer reported.  Philip Joe Guyett, 41, could end up in prison for 60 years for three counts of mail fraud, which arose from claims he created false identities for tissue donors in order to hide their diseases, said the News Observer.  Guyett is scheduled for sentencing on June 1 and remains free on bail pending sentencing.Guyett, who ran Donor Referral Services, was charged with...

Body Parts Scam Tops 450 Cases

May 15, 2007 | AP
More than 450 people nationwide now claim they received illegally obtained and possibly diseased body parts from a New Jersey-based scheme, according to court documents.The Food and Drug Administration has said it's concerned that the bone and tissue could be infected with the AIDS virus, syphilis and hepatitis, but the risk of infection is small.The FDA, which did not return requests for comment, has not said whether any patients have ailments linked to the tissue, nor has it revealed how many...

Human tissue bank issues recall

Nov 23, 2006 | AP
A Minnesota patient apparently was infected with an unusual germ from cadaver tissue used during routine knee surgery a discovery that has led the nation's largest tissue bank to ask 750 hospitals around the country to return 2,400 tendons and other body parts as a precaution. A hospital reported the bacterial infection in September to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which launched an intense, nationwide effort to search for more cases. None have been found, but the incident...

Embalmer Implicates Partner in Documents

Sep 28, 2006 | AP
A former funeral parlor owner and embalmer accused in a plot to plunder corpses for profit admitted to investigators last year that he and his partner rarely got permission to take body parts for transplants, according to court documents. The papers, obtained Thursday by The Associated Press, detail a long statement given by Joseph Nicelli before he was charged in a plot to secretly remove skin, bone and other parts from hundreds of bodies from funeral homes in New York City, Rochester, N.Y.,...

Patients given transplants using plundered body parts

Sep 23, 2006 | Gulf Times
British hospitals are at the centre of an unfolding scandal after it has emerged that at least 40 patients have been given transplants using body parts plundered by a corpse-snatching ring. The body of veteran BBC broadcaster Alistair Cooke was one of more than 1,000 allegedly stolen from funeral parlours by an American mafia ring and sold for use in bone grafts. It has now emerged that 25 UK hospitals bought tissue that had been snatched from corpses - prompting fears that patients could...

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