The Food and Drug Administration took upon itself a new mission to bring down immoral clinics. Some facilities started selling unproven stem cell treatments to those patients who are desperate enough to believe in miracle workers. However, such practices put people in danger, and the U.S. agency intends to put an end to them.
FDA Sent Warning Letters to Certain Clinics that Provide Unproven Stem Cell Treatments
According to FDA, the country has been seeing hundreds of clinics that made untested cures based on stem cells available on the market. However, the agency has never provided such therapies approval for commercial usage. New FDA Chief Scott Gottlieb stated that while in small numbers, such agents are deceiving people to buy their suspicious products. They usually play the modern treatment card that urges uncertain patients to trust latest technology breakthroughs.
To protect the U.S. nation, the federal agency has already started operations against certain clinics in Florida and California. The first step was to send official warning messages to the US Stem Cell Clinic of Sunrise, Florida. The text contains allegations of advertising unproven stem cell treatments without FDA consent. On top of that, they are also breaking the requirements for manufacturing practices.
However, this institution is just one of many others that promise patients to extract stem cells from their fats and treat them for various conditions. Therefore, this harmful trend claims to cure heart diseases, Parkinson’s disease, and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. As these illnesses have few treatment options with low success chances within legal medicine, patients are willing to resort to any desperate measures for any sign of improvement.
Harvard Medical School Supported FDA Mission as Stem Cell Field Is Too Young to Deliver Working Cures
Furthermore, the agency confiscated five vials of live vaccinia virus from the California Stem Cell Treatment Centers. Researchers were using these assets together with stem cell treatments to address cancer. However, the seized products were actually smallpox vaccines that the clinics were injecting patients with directly into their tumors.
Nonetheless, this move attracted criticism. The institution claims that they didn’t charge patients for this treatment as they were participants in clinical tests for finding a cancer cure. Harvard Medical School praised FDA actions instead. Stem cell researchers believe their field holds pioneering promises yet it is too early to create any commercial treatment so far.
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