Liability for mismanagement of sperm specimens in fertility practices

The mismanagement of sperm specimens in fertility practices can lead to lawsuits and unwanted publicity. In addition, allegations of mismanagement and the scrutiny that follows can tarnish the reputation of even the best facilities.

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Authors

Micah Vaughn, B.S., Amjad Hossain, Ph.D., John Y. Phelps, M.D., J.D., L.L.M.

Volume 103, Issue 1, Pages 29-32

Abstract

The mismanagement of sperm specimens in fertility practices can lead to lawsuits and unwanted publicity. In addition, allegations of mismanagement and the scrutiny that follows can tarnish the reputation of even the best facilities. Also, when mismanagement of sperm specimens has not occurred, defending allegations of mismanagement can be financially draining as well as time-consuming. The causes of action and complaints in many of these cases stem from [1] failure to maintain chain of custody, [2] alleged disposal of stored specimens without proper patient notification, [3] spoilage of sperm, [4] use of another man’s sperm without consent, [5] sperm mix-ups, and [6] misconduct of laboratory personnel.

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Fertility and Sterility

Editorial Office, American Society for Reproductive Medicine

Fertility and Sterility® is an international journal for obstetricians, gynecologists, reproductive endocrinologists, urologists, basic scientists and others who treat and investigate problems of infertility and human reproductive disorders. The journal publishes juried original scientific articles in clinical and laboratory research relevant to reproductive endocrinology, urology, andrology, physiology, immunology, genetics, contraception, and menopause. Fertility and Sterility® encourages and supports meaningful basic and clinical research, and facilitates and promotes excellence in professional education, in the field of reproductive medicine.

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