MASSDEVICE ON CALL — Former Global Laboratories Inc. owner Fredda Branyon pleaded guilty to 12 counts in connection with selling unapproved stem cells for nonresearch purposes.
Branyon, who also owned New Hope Medical Center in Scottsdale, Ariz., send cells derived from umbilical cord and cord blood tissue, making more than $311,000 in sales from April 2009 through February 2010, court records show.
The shipments, which were later used to treat patients with immune disorders, went to the same address in Brownsville, Texas, though the identify of the buyer was not disclosed, the Brownsville Herald reported.
Branyon, 57, faces up to three years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.
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