South African placentas sold to French drug firm

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: (Published 28 October 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:1119

South African hospitals have embroiled themselves in an ethical row after complaints by a rural hospital alerted government officials to the fact that state hospitals were disposing of human placentas by sending them to the French pharmaceutical company Pasteur Merieux.

The original licence to export the placentas was granted in 1992 by the previous minister of health, Dr Rina …

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