August 3, 2020

The Niche

Knoepfler lab stem cell blog

Have we crossed the tipping point to stem cell disaster?

Dr. Steven Victor, stem cell clinicEarlier this year, Dr “LookGood” aka Dr. Steven Victor, cosmetic surgeon to the stars, received a warning letter from the FDA over how his clinic was handling stem cell-related procedures. The FDA listed 16 issues as problems.

On April 20, Dr. Thomas E. Young of Young Medical Spa in Pennsylvania also received an FDA warning letter. You can read it here. The FDA cited 14 specific failures by Young Medical Spa that need to be addressed.

I expect we’ll see a growing stream of FDA warning letters to purveyors of cosmetics claiming they have stem cells.

At some time soon, if we are not already there, however, we will reach a tipping point.

At that time, there will be so many dubious stem cell cosmetics and stem cell sports medicine clinics and other clinics out there, that the FDA  and state regulatory agencies will no longer be able to keep up with them. The situation will spiral out of control leading to an increasing number of deaths. For background see these important posts:  ‘From Boobs To Baldness‘ and ‘From Boobs to Baldness 2.0‘ and stem cell sports medicine.

What’s the solution?

I don’t know for sure, but we are close to this tipping point or perhaps even past it, and this poses serious risks to the health of Americans and to the stem cell field overall.

We are in trouble and people need to start talking about this.

Update: Now in 2020 eight years later, there are probably about 1,000 clinics in the US alone. In November of this year the FDA’s 3-year grace period for compliance will expire. What will happen?

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