The big news of the week was the big FDA stem cell in court by Judge Jesus Bernal here in California, who ruled in favor of a chain of stem cell clinics called Cell Surgical Network. The FDA had been seeking an injunction against the clinics.
I believe the ruling was founded in part on at least three major scientific mistakes by the court. That makes the result all the more frustrating.
Here’s Michael Hiltzik’s column on the ruling. In blow to public health, judge tosses FDA lawsuit targeting a clinic offering unproven stem cell treatments, LA Times.
Sue Sutter at Pink Sheet also covered the verdict.
You can see a chart above of how FDA stem cell oversight decisions are supposed to be made. Judge Bernal threw a monkey wrench into that at least for a time.
Before I go on to our weekly recommended reads, please check out The Niche educational piece, What are stem cells? which I have extensively updated now in 2022.