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FDA shuts down human tissue company

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 02 March 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:507
  1. Fred Charatan
  1. Florida

    A company in New Jersey that supplied human tissue for surgical procedures and transplants has been accused of conspiring to steal tissue from the corpses of people who never gave permission to be donors.

    After an investigation by the US Food and Drug Administration and the Brooklyn District Attorney's Office, which lasted more than 18 months, a 122 count indictment was served on Michael Mastromarino, owner and executive director of Biomedical Tissue Services of Fort Lee, New Jersey, and funeral home directors Joseph Micelli, Lee Crucetta, and Christopher Aldorasi.

    The four defendants allegedly forged death certificates and consent forms for organ donation. They have also been charged with enterprise corruption, body stealing and opening graves, …

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