FDA Advice on Stem Cell Therapies
According to news sources, a patients hope to find a cure that may not yet exist could potentially entice them to believe untrue stem cell claims made by unscrupulous providers, the Food and Drug Administration warns.
Stem cells behave like the body’s “master cells”, with enormous potential in treating medical conditions with no existing treatments available today. However, therapies utilizing stem cells can potentially cause harm to patients if they have not been approved or are being considered under a clinical investigation conducted by the FDA.
The FDA already regulates approved cord blood procedures, with all cord blood banks having to follow the requirements set forth by the FDA. Therefore, patients interested in stem cell treatments in the U.S. are urged to check for the necessary FDA approval or clinical study backing before considering treatment.
No other stem cell product, other than certain blood cord procedures, have been approved by the FDA to date.
As a Los Angeles product liability lawyer, I appreciate all efforts being made to ensure increased healthcare safety standards for those interested in new and effective treatments. I hope this information can help raise awareness about this medical practice and keep consumers safe. If you or a loved one has been injured through the use or consumption of a defective product, speak with a personal injury lawyer Los Angeles to learn about the legal options available to you.