A website devoted to medical malpractice claims that “expired sutures are [on sale] ‘for education, research and veterinary applications.’ ”
Here are more highlights from the site:
Are you looking for cheap surgical supplies, such as Ethicon’s Panacryl or Vicryl sutures? Don’t care if they’re a bit “doggy”? Well, discounted and aging supplies are remarkably easy to find.
Just google eSutures.com. It describes itself as a discount distributor of sutures from various drug companies, including Ethicon, a division of Johnson&Johnson.
You can find out things about the veterinary drug market more easily than you can about the marketing of drugs for humans, because, I guess, the drug companies have thought that animals were going to be less troublesome. Since the pet food recall, they may be rethinking that position.
(Thanks to an anonymous tipster)