Transplant volumes in China

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Abstract

Introduction

In an update to previous work, David Matas, David Kilgour and Ethan Gutmann in June 2016 estimated that China is transplanting between 60,000 to 100,000 organs a year. The estimate comes from adding up transplant volumes from individual hospitals in China.

Introduction

Transplantation volume of this order raises a question of the sourcing of organs. The trio have identified prisoners of conscience killed for their organs as the chief source - Tibetans, Uighurs, House Christians and primarily practitioners of the spiritually based set of exercises Falun Gong.

Introduction

The Government of China has denied the Matas-Kilgour-Gutmann conclusion of transplant volume, pointing to statistics about use of anti-rejection drugs. The purpose of this presentation would be to assess this particular Government of China response by a focus on use of anti-rejection drug statistics as an indicator of transplant volume in China.

Materials and Methods

The presentation would give a brief summary of the Matas-Kilgour-Gutmann update and bring its analysis forward to the date of the presentation. This summary would encapsulate the materials and methods the three authors used in coming to the conclusion they did. The presentation would then set out the various Government of China statements which refer to and rely on anti-rejection drug statistics as an indicator of transplant volume in China.The presentation third would look at the publicly available information about importation of anti-rejection drugs into China, production of anti-rejection drugs in China and transplant tourism into China.

Materials and Methods

The presentation would consider fourth data compiled by Quintiles IMS, an American health care information company. The methodology the company uses in accumulating its data on anti-rejection drugs would be examined. In assessing the company data, the presentation would consider other countries besides China and compare the projection in transplant volumes the company data generates with independently verifiable actual volumes.

Results and Discussion

The result would be that anti-rejection drug statistics do not sustain the Chinese claims of lower transplant volumes than demonstrated by the Matas-Kilgour-Gutmann update. The Matas-Kilgour-Gutmann update conclusion of transplant volumes in China of 60,000 to 100,000 a year remains effectively unanswered.

Conclusion

The United Nations Committee against Torture, the European Parliament and the United States Congress House of Representatives have all called for the Government of China to cooperate with an independent investigation into the sourcing of organs in China. In light of the Matas-Kilgour-Gutmann update and the inability of the Government of China to answer effectively its conclusion, these calls for the Government of China to cooperate with an independent investigation into the sourcing of organs in China remain valid.

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