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WHO reports growing commercial trade in transplant organs

BMJ 2007; 335 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39398.419769.DB (Published 15 November 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:1013
  1. Roger Dobson
  1. Abergavenny

    Travelling abroad for organ transplants provided on a commercial basis—so called transplant tourism—may now account for at least one in 20 of all transplants, according to a report from the World Health Organization (Bulletin of the World Health Organization 2007 Nov 1 doi: 10.2471/BLT.06.039370).

    Advertising of package deals that include a transplant—for example, a package costing £16 000 (€23 000; $34 000) for a kidney transplant in Pakistan—is flourishing, and the trade in organs is growing, the report found. “The results suggest that the international organ trade no longer …

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