Transplanting Feces 6/20/2013

20 Jun

People that have contracted Clostridium difficile (C. difficile) bacteria have not been able to find a cure until recently. The treatment today, found to be successful over 90% of the time, involves transplanting feces from a healthy patient into the gut of the infected patient. OSU has approved treatment in Ohio.

This week, FDA backed off the requirement for hospitals and doctors to “treat human stool as an unapproved drug”.

So who are those “donors” for the program? As an example of a universal donor is Dr. Hunter Johnson.

8/14/2013 Update – Researchers are now working to generate safe alternatives to the real thing in the laboratory.

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