May 31, 2020

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3 more FDA warning letters to stem cell cosmetics makers

Resurgent Stem Cell Firming ActivatorThe FDA continues to be very active with warning letters against makers of stem cell cosmetics even as it has been relatively dormant on stem cell clinics.

You can read past posts on the long series of warning letters to manufacturers of stem cell cosmetic cream.

Three new warning letters to stem cell cream makers popped up on the FDA site recently to makers Lavian Ltd, Sircuit Skin, and Annemarie Gianni Skin Care LLC.

Lavian markets something called Resurgent Stem Cell Firming Activator, which the FDA referred to as an unapproved drug based on website claims. This product is available all over the web and sells for more than $600/lb.

Sircuit markets Echinacea Stem Cells (Echinacea Angustifolia Meristem Cell Culture), an apparent plant stem cell-based product. Annemarie Gianni Skin Care markets Repair Serum with “vegan stem cells”.

Note that vegan stem cell facials are out there too and seem popular with some celebrities, although not sure what a vegan stem cell really means other than that it is from plants.

Of course the FDA has different branches or centers that handle cosmetic creams and biologics such as stem cells that are injected into the body, but overall the FDA needs more consistency and common sense on evaluating potential risks of stem cell cosmetic creams versus injected unproven cells.

What seems riskier to you, putting a cream on your face with claimed plant stem cells in it or injecting millions of human stem cells into the human body?

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