SHB denies payment was made for organs in the 1980’s

It’s been confirmed that Tralee General Hospital gave approximately 36 pituitary glands to Novo Nordisk in the 1980s. The Southern Health Board says no money was paid by the company for the glands. However, no records exist to identify the patients. The Health Board says it acknowledges and regrets the distress caused by this issue. A confidential helpline set up four years ago is still in place , its 1 800 742284.While the health board says it’s been co-operating with the Dunne Inquiry, two years ago the inquiry was told Tralee General has no detailed records of the pituitary glands given to the drugs companies. Because of this, the Health Board has been unable to correspond with any next of kin about the donation of glands. The statement comes after a pharmaceutical company claimed payments were made to pathologists and hospitals during the 1980s.

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