Yesterday a key deadline passed. Monday was the final day that U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder’s office could petition the U.S. Supreme Court for review of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that allows aphresis bone marrow donors to be compensated. In layman’s terms this means MoreMarrowDonors.org has virtually no legal barriers to executing its plan to dramatically increase the number of bone marrow transplants that occur each year. Read the press release from the Institute for Justice, our attorney, HERE.
Posts Tagged ‘lawsuit’
Tags: Compensation, Kumud Majumder, lawsuit, marrow
Last week MoreMarrowDonors.org joined other plaintiffs in pressing forward with legal action to create the first of its kind program designed to grow the supply of bone marrow donors through the vehicle of compensation. We are happy to have received much media attention (which generated significant interest in among the public) including this article in the L.A. Times. Read more HERE and be sure to click the links to the left to follow MoreMarrowDonors.org on Facebook and Twitter.
Tags: Dr. John Wagner, Institute for Justice, lawsuit
We are pleased that the issue of offering compensation for bone marrow donation has received so much attention. Most recently the NY Times carried an op-ed from Dr. John Wagner and Institute for Justice Senior Attorney Jeff Rowes on the subject. You can read the entire piece HERE. Their final sentence encapsulates why MoreMarrowDonors.org exists:
[...] people who provide life-giving marrow cells could, in good conscience, get something in return for helping save a life.
You can also read more at Open Mike.
Tags: Compensation, lawsuit, myths
In an article in today’s American Medical News our lawsuit challenging the National Organ Transplant Act is discussed. As most readers are aware, the lawsuit seeks to allow our pilot program of compensating people that follow through with bone marrow transplants. Many so-called bio-ethicists worry that people receiving compensation will withhold medical information. Information that would otherwise exclude them from participation in the program.
There are multiple reasons to believe this fear is unwarranted. First, the marrow matching process is highly rigorous and existing standards that identify risk factors would still be in place if our program is allowed to move forward. Practically speaking this means that marrow donors that come forward due to the existence of our program will go through the same screening process of all others.
Second, we do not claim that our system will be a panacea. We do not claim that our program will help identify a donor for every patient in need however we believe that we can significantly increase the number of donors, especially among those with rare marrow types. Unfortunately under current law we cannot even test this idea without incurring heavy penalties. We, and patients like the ones that joined our lawsuit, should have a change to test the idea. To disallow this chance places the status quo (in which people die daily) above human life.
Tags: lawsuit, marrow, Mike Hamel
Last week FoxNews.com wrote about the lawsuit that MoreMarrowDonors.org joined challenging the National Organ Transplant Act. The report, while containing some inaccuracies (for instance, Mike Hamel is a lymphoma patient, not leukemia, can be found HERE. The article features opinions from Art Caplan, a bioethicist at the University of Pennsylvania. Unfortunately Mr. Caplan makes some assumptions about our program. Furthermore, the veracity of his assertions cannot be tested because operating even a pilot program (as is our intention) is illegal under current federal law. After we are successful in our legal challenge we look forward to testing the idea that providing various types of compensation can increase the number of successful marrow transplants.
Tags: economics, lawsuit
Yesterday the NY Times reported on our recently filed lawsuit against the U.S. Attorney General that seeks to allow MoreMarrowDonors.org to provide scholarships to marrow donors. You can read the whole article HERE. Don’t forget to sign up to show your support for our cause by following the links on the left.
Tags: economics, lawsuit, marrow
Tags: Compensation, lawsuit, marrow
Today we join families, patients, and doctors in filing a lawsuit that seeks to allow MoreMarrowDonors.org to complete its mission of providing scholarships for bone marrow donors. Please take a look at the following video to learn more about the lawsuit and also visit this link.