Thursday, May 11, 2006

Infected Bone and Tissue: Oregon

This article is from

Oregon doctors have contacted their patients after the FDA issued a recall for stolen bone that had not yet been used and encouraged physicians to inform their patients who already had received implants. Bone that had been implanted in patients such as Dawes was left in place. In that state, no patients have become ill with any disease that can be traced to the stolen bone according to the Oregon Department of Human Services.

The DHS reports that it is unknown how many Oregonians may have received stolen bone or tissue. Medical privacy laws with stiff financial penalties make hospitals reluctant to share information that might be used to identify a patient. Three Jackson County hospitals received notice of the recall from Medtronic, a bone distributor that received its material from one of the five companies that originally acquired the bone from Biomedical Tissue Services.