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UK catgut suture suppliers act on European bans

This article was originally published in Clinica

Executive Summary

Suppliers of catgut suture are voluntarily withdrawing from the UK market. Their decision follows action taken recently in other European countries, in response to growing concerns about TSEs (transmissible spongiform encephalopathies). The UK Medical Devices Agency (MDA) supports the UK suppliers' action, but has stopped short of recommending an outright ban, on the basis that it finds "no evidence of any health risk associated with catgut sutures".

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