Published in Medical Letter on the CDC and FDA, July 25th, 2004
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said that Ricarimpex SAS, a French firm, is the first company to request and receive FDA clearance to market the bloodsucking aquatic animals as medical devices.
Leeches are already widely used in American hospitals, and companies that raised and sold them here before 1976 were allowed to continue doing so. However, the medical-device law passed that year required newcomers to the field to seek approval.
For many people, leaches conjure up the image of Humphrey Bogart removing the...
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