Appeals court OKs payments to marrow donors

Offering financial incentives to encourage people to donate bone marrow cells using a method similar to regular blood donation is legal, a three-judge federal appeals court panel unanimously ruled in December.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that donations made using a technique called peripheral blood stem cell apheresis are not covered by the 1984 National Organ Transplant Act. The act outlaws payment or any compensation for organs such as kidneys, lungs or eyes.

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