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L’Oreal Lancome gets hammered by FDA, why kid gloves for clinics?

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Stem cell cosmetics is an exploding area ranging from facial creams (e.g. from L’Oreal and its Lancome) to face lifts to boob jobs to baldness treatments (see two key posts here and here for background and great stories). The stem cell cosmetics field has not been held back by issues such as the fact that …

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Celltex unsure if FDA agrees product isn’t a drug, but expects 2nd FDA visit soon

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I recently asked Celltex if they had definitely convinced the FDA their product was not a drug (i.e. the FDA confirmed their product was not a drug) or rather they had tried and hoped they had. It appears the latter is correct from the Celltex response below: Dear Dr. Knoepfler, Thank you for your interest …

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WSJ editorial on issue of stem cells as drugs misses the boat

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Today there is an editorial piece in the WSJ about the recent court ruling giving the FDA authority to regulate stem cells grown in culture as drugs. As a stem cell scientist, I read this opinion piece with interest. Unfortunately it is behind a paywall, but I have outlined and discussed the key issues below. …

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2 decades as cell biologist tell me grown stem cells are drugs

Stem cells grown in culture are drugs. Agree or disagree? I believe it is a correct statement. I don’t think it is even a question any more as it was a few months ago. Yes, I am convinced that the FDA, as supported by a recent federal court ruling, has it right that growing stem …

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Court empowers FDA to regulate stem cells as drugs

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Are stem cells drugs? At least for today, a federal court unambiguously ruled that the answer to this question for manipulated stem cells is “Yes”.  The story has been reported in the media at New Scientist and Scope Blog. You can read over the key issues here. The court ruled in favor of the federal government and FDA and against …

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The dangerous myth of email privacy: a lesson from scientists who were spied on by the FDA

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A major scandal has erupted further regarding FDA monitoring of its scientists’ emails as reported by the NY Times. The FDA spied on the emails of its own scientists and other scientists. Some of the emails also involved correspondence with Congress and even the White House. Regardless of one’s position on what the FDA did, …

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Surprising FDA audit report of Celltex a blow to dubious stem cell clinics

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As I first reported, the FDA conducted a two-week audit of Texas adult stem cell firm, Celltex, sometime in April. Today I received a copy of the so-called “483 report” of that audit. It is basically a summary of problematic issues that the FDA says need to addressed. The FDA report is cause for some …

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Dr Lookgood, dermatologist to the stars, gets FDA warning letter

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If you ever had a really bad day, March 13, 2012 might have been just such a bad day for one Dr. Steven Victor, aka “Dr LookGood”, because he received an official warning letter from the FDA. Why? Dr. Victor, who reportedly greets each patient with the catch phrase “You look so much more beautiful than your picture”, is …

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