The heat is rising in a push to deregulate dubious adult stem cell therapies and it is Republicans turning up the thermostat on this emerging pet issue of theirs.
We’ve seen the Texas Medical Board passing weak rules for regulating adult stem cell therapies under pressure from Rick Perry and adult stem cell biotech, Celltex.
There is also a growing national movement to deregulate adult stem cell therapies.
Of course we all want therapies to be developed quickly so as to help people in need, but speeding therapies that are not properly evaluated to patients is a recipe for death. Non-FDA approved adult stem cell therapies are not necessarily safe and most often are unlikely to be effective as I concisely outlined here.
The stem cell grapevine is telling me there is unprecedented concern amongst stem cell leaders about this move for deregulation.
Look for high profile national Republican leaders, possibly even Romney, to start talking about stem cell deregulation in the coming months. These are potentially dark times as dubious adult stem cell pushers are trying to make money off of innocent patients, but we can fight back with education and advocacy.