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From: TSS ()
Subject: Bulgarian Pituitaries, CJDTime Bombs in France
Date: October 29, 2005 at 9:23 am PST

Bulgarian Pituitaries – Time Bombs

28 October 2005 | 08:32 | FOCUS News Agency

Sofia. The French TV channel FR3 aired on 27 October a story for one of the largest sanitary scandals in France, Atanas Chobanov from Paris News said for FOCUS News Agency.
In a test study made on children and growing ups in the period 1984 – 1987 the participants were treated with a growth hormone drug, obtained from human pituitaries. The survey shows risk of diseases as a result of the treatment and the drug is banned in the U.S. in 1985. In France, however, it remains in use until 1988. As a result 100 patients died until 2005 from the Kreutzfeld-Jacob Disease (CJD). The disease has a 5 to 10 years incubational period.
The mass usage of the drug led to shortage of the substance – human pituitary glands. The deficit was compensated with import of Bulgarian pituitaries at lower prices. Between 1983 and 1988 56,000 pituitaries were collected from bodies in morgues in Bulgaria and sold to the France Hypophyse and the Pasteur Institute at 30 Francs each. Almost the same amount was collected in France.
French clients claim they had strict sanitary requirements for the bodies, processed in the morgue of the Bulgarian Academy of Medicine, and in particular that no organs should be taken from patients, diseased from infectious illnesses. The same was said by official Bulgarian medical authorities, interviewed by French journalists. This information is placed under doubt by an interview, given by a worker in the morgue, who claims the requirements were not strictly kept. Medical reports, proving infections with drugs, obtained from Bulgarian pituitaries are cited.


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