January 16, 2021

The Niche

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State Medical Boards

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The Medical Board of California has been aware of the unproven stem cell clinic problem here for many years, but in my view the Board isn’t helping the problem in a real, meaningful way. It may actually be becoming part of the problem through inaction and lack of cooperation with other agencies. If by the end of this post you agree, you can contact them here or by phone the office of the Executive Director at (916) 263-2389 to tell them they need to …Read More

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A Minnesota doctor running a stem cell clinic offering bone marrow injections for a variety of health conditions was subject to action by state medical regulators. The Star Tribune’s reporter Jeremy Olson has a new article on the action, which included a $13K+ fine. Pain doc gets attention of state regulators Olson’s piece has some of the key details: “Dr. Matthew Thorson was reprimanded late last year after the Minnesota Board of Medical Practice received complaints that his Stem Cell Centers of Minnesota practice …Read More

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A variety of states have stepped up to address unproven stem cell clinics within their borders and the latest is Vermont. According to the VTDigger and writer Anne Wallace Allen, the Vermont Medical Society is planning a number of steps to address this situation. For example, at their encouragement a Vermont lawmaker will introduce legislation to regulate stem cell clinics in the state: “Vermont lawmakers will be asked in the coming year to consider regulating stem cell clinics like Vitality Healthcare in Williston and …Read More

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This afternoon I attended and gave public comment at the Medical Board of California stem cell task force meeting on unproven stem cell clinics. There were about 40 people attending. In part this meeting is a consequence of the national governing organization of state medical boards, the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) having worked on the stem cell clinic issue and crafting a policy on it. The FSMB was mentioned numerous times at the California meeting today. I’ve written before about how our …Read More

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State involvement in reining in predatory stem cell clinics has never been more important, which is why it’s such good news that the Medical Board of California has a task force in the works to investigate such firms. According to a new NBC7 report (linked to above) focusing both on this news and on their own investigation of San Diego area stem cell clinics by JW August, Mari Payton and Tom Jones, the California Board task force effort was in part sparked by the national organization of …Read More

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The stem cell clinic industry selling unapproved “therapies” is ubiquitous and yet somehow still growing it seems. Many of us are encountering more of them including via ads and the clinics are basically all over the place. What should someone do if they see a stem cell clinic that is particularly concerning? A lot of people are asking me this question lately. There are a variety of options depending on your level of concern, but below is a guide to possible actions you can …Read More

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Hat tip to North Dakota! You probably know by now that there are stem cell clinics in just about every state in the U.S. and some states and metro areas are hot spots. Heck, some of you reading this probably run such clinics. But did you know that of all the states, arguably North Dakota has handled a stem cell clinic situation better than any other so far? And this has big implications for stem cell clinics across the U.S. You can see my …Read More

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We have a big problem with clinics in the U.S. selling unproven and non-FDA approved stem cell “treatments” to patients and part of the reason in my view why we have this mess today with upwards of 700 such businesses from coast to coast is that regulators including both the FDA and state medical boards haven’t realized the scope of the clinic industry and/or taken proportionate action accordingly. There are signs that this lack of the needed scope of regulatory oversight may be changing …Read More

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The Oregon State Medical Board took emergency action to suspend the medical license of Dr. Kenneth Welker of Eugene, Oregon on Thursday. Update: Unfortunately, the Associate Press (AP) story on this topic (discussed more below) contains numerous important mistakes including thoroughly mixing up embryonic, adult, and induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSC). Keep that in mind. Also, sadly another update this time in 2020, finds few actions still by state medical boards on stem cell clinics. The emergency suspension was due in part to his injections of …Read More