July 15, 2020

The Niche

Knoepfler lab stem cell blog

Year: 2018

2 min read

Stem cell injections at unproven clinics are expensive so a lot of patients have asked me: does insurance cover it? Mostly the answer is “no”, but in rare cases there is some kind of coverage. It’s an important question because the average total stem cell injection price tag for an individual customer can easily end up being $10K-$20K or more. The expense adds up in part because the cost per injection (see poll data here) has to be multiplied by the number of injections …Read More

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Each year I make a list of stem cell predictions for the following year and I’ll release my predictions for 2019 soon, but first I’m grading how my 20 predictions for 2018 turned out. It seems I did better than usual predicting what would happen this year. I only got a couple partial credit or were hard to grade. The rest were right. Here are my 20 predictions verbatim that I made in late 2017 for what would happen in 2018. 1. Combo cell-gene …Read More

4 min read

The US has been bursting at the seams with unproven stem cell clinics for years, which in my view necessitates some kind of bold action by the FDA and other governmental agencies so I’ve wondered what new FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb would do on this front. The lead up to and beginning of a likely crackdown A subset of these clinics are particularly risky and egregious in their behavior. While this subset constitutes may be “only” one or two hundred such clinics out …Read More