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Attorney Jaffe, fan of less oversight, still clobbers Florida stem cell clinic firm

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Attorney Richard Jaffe, who has been an advocate for clinics to have the right to sell and patient to buy unproven therapies such as the stem cells sold by clinics and unproven cancer therapies, just did a kind of shocking u-turn on a specific point. Jaffe and I have very different philosophical views of the …

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As 2 FDA stem cell clinic suits slowly unfold, more action needed now

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For me there was a sense of “finally” when just under 3 months ago the FDA filed suits via the DOJ against 2 stem cell clinic firms, U.S. Stem Cell (and its affiliate U.S. Stem Cell Clinic, collectively referred to here as USRM) and California Stem Cell Treatment Center/Cell Surgical Network (collectively referred to here as …

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Romania fines 5 stem cell groups for alleged ‘dirty practices’

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It’s a funny thing how having this blog can provide insights into unexpected stem cell events and news going on around the world such as, most recently, action by the government of Romania on stem cell firms there for alleged “dirty practices”, news that as far as I know has only been reported in Romanian. …

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Law firm blasts stem cell clinics in new ‘3 shocking facts’ video

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I’m becoming increasing convinced that patient suits against stem cell clinics are going to have strong impact, including based on the new steps taken by a particular law firm. For background, I’ve written extensively about these suits over the years and we’ve seen more recently that another academic group (Claire Horner, Evelyn Tenenbaum, Douglas Sipp, Zubin …

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A real FDA blacklist: what is it, who’s on it, & should some stem cell clinics be?

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I didn’t know until recently that the FDA has a blacklist, which is called the “FDA Debarment List”. You can check it out here. Should one or more particularly egregious unproven stem cell clinic operators should be on the list given their risk-taking with patients in the name of profit? There aren’t any on there …

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10 questions on FDA suits targeting stem cell clinics

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The FDA via the DOJ has sued to get permanent injunctions against US Stem Cell, Inc. (USRM) and California Stem Cell Treatment Center/Cell Surgical Network (CSN). Both firms use an unapproved fat stem cell product in patients called stromal vascular fraction (the SVF production process is pictured at right) that the FDA indicates is generally …

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Update on state laws on stem cell clinics: California, Washington, & Florida

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California broke new ground with our stem cell law that went into effect on January 1. It requires stem cell clinic firms to post notices informing patients of important information such as the fact that their offerings are non-FDA approved. At this point, 4+ months into the enforcement period, I’m not sure if anyone has …

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Helpful Zettler insights from Q&A on FDA suits against stem cell clinics

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At the request of the FDA, the DOJ is suing for permanent injunctions against two stem cell clinic firms, U.S. Stem Cell, Inc. and California Stem Cell Treatment Center (and for the latter, its parent chain of around 100 clinics, Cell Surgical Network). What does this big development mean in practical terms and how might it …

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Washington State Bill to Require Unproven Stem Cell Clinics to Post Notices

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There’s some also encouraging action at the state level on direct-to-consumer stem cell clinics operating without FDA approval including most recently in Washington State. Last year here in California we passed a bill into law that (1) requires stem cell clinics selling non-FDA approved therapies to post notices for patients and (2) instructs the state medical …

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Florida bill aims to “crack down” on state’s for-profit stem cell clinics

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Florida is a hot mess on the for-profit stem cell clinic front. My own state of California isn’t much better and actually has a great number of clinics, but more problems are coming to light in Florida, at least at this point. Now WLRN reports that a legislator in Florida has proposed a new bill to try to …

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