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Alleged Unlawful Pricing of Fetal Tissue Prompts O.C. DA’s Lawsuit Against 2 Biological Suppliers

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The Orange County district attorney's office has filed suit against two biological supply companies for allegedly selling fetal-derived cells and tissues at unlawfully high markups to drug companies and academic institutions around the world.

Orange County Dist. Atty. Tony Rackauckas speaks at a news conference on Oct. 12, 2016. (Credit: KTLA)

Orange County Dist. Atty. Tony Rackauckas speaks at a news conference on Oct. 12, 2016. (Credit: KTLA)

The suit, which was filed Wednesday, names Orange County-based DV Biologics and DaVinci Biosciences, a sister company, as defendants. The suit demands that they stop the sale of fetal tissue and cells, and that they reimburse researchers who allegedly overpaid for the products.

An attorney representing both firms said they had done nothing wrong and called the matter a lawsuit over “accounting issues.”

The suit alleges that the companies obtained aborted fetuses from Planned Parenthood and sold tissues and stem cells from the fetal parts, earning hundreds of thousands in revenue from their sale from 2009 to 2015.

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