Parasitology, Harold W. Manter Laboratory of

 

Date of this Version

10-2004

Document Type

Article

Citation

FDA Consumer (September-October 2004)

United States Food and Drug Administration

Comments

United States government work

Abstract

In June 2004, the Food and Drug Administration cleared the first application for leeches (Hirudo medicinalis) to be used in modern medicine as medical devices. By definition, a medical device is an article intended to diagnose, cure, treat, prevent, or mitigate a disease or condition, or to affect a function or structure of the body, that does not achieve its primary effect through a chemical action and is not metabolized.

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