French investigation launched into “transplant trade”

BMJ 1994; 308 doi: (Published 11 June 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;308:1528
  1. A Dorozynski

    An investigation into the possible illegal origin of organs for transplantation, particularly corneas, has been prompted in France by a letter of protest from a dozen doctors to the Conseil de 1‘Ordre des Medecins, the French medical association. The letter points out that more than 1000 public hospital patients are waiting for corneal transplants, while some are treated in private clinics that purchase corneas from foreign banks.

    Unconfirmed reports have indicated that some of the corneas have reached France through illegal channels. Dr Philippe DousteBlazy, the minister delegate of health, has decided to launch an investigation in order …

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