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MHLW Applies Emergency Measure To Purchase U.S. Bioaccess’s Bone Marrow Collection Sets

This article was originally published in PharmAsia News

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Japan Society for Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation ordered Dec. 5 150 bone marrow collection sets from Baltimore, Md. based company Bioaccess. After U.S. drug and device maker Baxter discontinued making the product last fall, the society has seen a decrease in inventory to 493 sets. With 150 bone marrow transplants taking place per month in Japan, the society placed the order with Bioaccess to assure the continuation of the treatments. Approved by U.S. FDA, Bioaccess's product has not been approved by Japan's Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare. To avoid a potential discontinuation in bone marrow transplant surgeries, the MHLW has treated the purchase as an emergency measure and also allowed medical reimbursement for the product. (Click here for more - Japanese language
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