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9th Circuit hearing on FDA appeal of Cell Surgical Network case: maybe encouraging?

Cell Surgical Nework

I was able to watch some of the 9th Circuit Court hearing today on the FDA appeal of its loss in the Cell Surgical Network lawsuit. This post is my brief impressions as a scientist. What went down? Do the three judges seem to be leaning one way or another? The ruling in this case …

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Suit against Dr. Alvaro Skupin & Dra Nancy Alvarez over blinding at clinic is settled

Dra Nancy Alvarez, Alvaro Skupin

A patient who got scientifically unproven and non-FDA-approved stem cells from Dr. Alvaro Skupin, filed suited against him, his wife who is often known as Doctora Nancy or Dra Nancy Alvarez, and associated businesses. These firms include the stem cell clinic known as Mother Stem Cell Institute in Florida, where the injections apparently took place. …

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Did US Stem Cell Clinic defy FDA injunction? New injured patient suit sparks questions

Dr. Antonio E Blanco MD, US Stem Cell

It feels like I’ve been writing about the Florida clinic US Stem Cell for a very long time. The FDA has been aware of them for about as long. It was only after reports of patient injuries that the FDA at last took action on US Stem Cell and its subsidiary US Stem Cell Clinic. Several …

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FDA appeals Cell Surgical Network lawsuit verdict

Cell Surgical Network stem cell clinic chain

The FDA has finally filed an appeal of the Cell Surgical Network lawsuit verdict.  It took them a very long time for some reason. The stem cell clinic chain Cell Surgical Network and other defendants had prevailed in a federal district court here in California in front of Judge Jesus Bernal. Their adipose cell product, stromal …

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Judge drops a bomb on FDA in Cell Surgical Network stem cell clinic case

Cell Surgical Network stem cell clinic chain

In a ruling that could turn FDA stem cell clinic oversight on its head, Federal District Court Judge Jesus Bernal last night ruled in favor of the stem cell clinic chain Cell Surgical Network and other defendants. The FDA had been seeking permanent injunction against them. Here’s the court ruling. Drs. Mark Berman and Elliot …

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Paolo Macchiarini guilty in criminal stem cell case but does a Houdini again

Paolo-Macchiarini

Dr. Paolo Macchiarini exemplifies how things can change quickly in the stem cell world and go from sky highs to deep lows. Stem cell rollercoasters Over the years, a few academic stem cell researchers as well as some operators in the unproven clinic sphere have had dizzying ups and downs. There’s John Kosolcharoen. His company …

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WA AG wins half million from Seattle stem cell clinic US Stemology

US Stemology, Seattle Stem Cell Center

I grew up in the Seattle area so it wasn’t great to see stem cell clinics operating there recently, but better news was the WA State AG filing suit against a clinic there. The action included the clinic parent firm US Stemology along with its leader Dr. Tami Meraglia.  The suit was filed only months ago …

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MO Rep Patricia Derges already indicted for alleged stem cell scheme, now sued by patient

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The news just keeps getting worse for Missouri state lawmaker Patricia Derges, who was indicted last year by the feds for an alleged stem cell scheme. She is now also being sued by a former patient. Derges, who is not a physician but rather an assistant physician, was providing supposed stem cell or related biological …

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Weekly reads: Yale scientist suspended, WA AG sues clinic, new pubs

Dr. Tami Meraglia has been sued by the Washington State AG for selling unproven stem cells.

It’s very challenging to be an academic scientist even under normal circumstances so when a government starts going after researchers for things like supposed irregularities in funding disclosures, it can cause serious problems if not carefully overseen. We’ll start this week’s recommended reads with the feds monitoring such disclosures and even making referrals to the …

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Clinic StemGenex & doc face $3.6 million class action settlement

Stemgenex

The site Top Class Actions reports that StemGenex, a former stem cell clinic in LaJolla, CA will have to pay out big in a settlement for a class-action lawsuit alleging fraud. Who gets what in StemGenex lawsuit settlement? In the piece, StemGenex, Lead Doctor to Pay $3.65M for Fraudulent Stem Cell Therapy Scheme, we learn that …

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