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German doctors condemn kidney offer

BMJ 2000; 321 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.321.7271.1243/b (Published 18 November 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;321:1243

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  1. Annette Tuffs
  1. Heidelberg

    Patients undergoing dialysis in Germany have received a circular in recent weeks from an organisation based in the Czech Republic offering kidney transplants without waiting lists from live donors.

    The president of the German Medical Association, Jïrg Hoppe, has condemned the approach and asked for legal action to be taken against Transpla-cent, the Prague based organisation distributing the literature.

    Unlike Germany, the Czech Republic does not yet have a law forbidding organ trade. The offer to sell organs was brought to the attention of the German police and consequently to Interpol. Germany has had a law on transplants since December 1997; it bans any trade in human organs or attempts to solicit trade.

    German patients, doctors, or citizens who are involved in organ trading abroad may also face legal action. In Germany, about 12000 of the 50000 patients receiving dialysis are waiting for a transplant; about 2500 transplants take place every year.

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