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Germany bans use of bovine intestines in surgical suturing

This article was originally published in Clinica

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As the BSE crisis intensifies, German hospital surgeons have received warnings advising them against using catgut for suturing. Last week, the federal institutes for consumer protection and veterinary medicine (BGVV) and pharmaceuticals and medical devices (BfArM), and several federal state health and social ministries, issued statements containing this advice.

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