FDA stem cells

Weekly reads: FDA news, goosebump stem cells, MSCs, autophagy

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Ready for the latest recommended weekly reads in the world of stem cells and the regenerative medicine space including a bunch of important new FDA posts & changes? This post has quite a lot on the FDA since it had a very big week with several new items of major importance to the cellular and regenerative …

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Striking FDA Hahn & Marks JAMA pub on regenerative clinics

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It was fascinating to read a new JAMA piece by the FDA on unproven stem cell clinics and other regenerative medicine firms. Many of these guys are profiteering off of buzz about exciting, but mostly unproven technologies. While the JAMA opinion piece reiterates the agency’s commitment to evidence-based regenerative medicine, it also makes some other …

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In landmark step, judge does not defer to FDA in stem cell clinic chain case, orders full trial

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In what could be a serious legal warning sign for the stem cell field, California federal district court Judge Jesus Bernal denied the government’s motion for summary judgement against Cell Surgical Network, et al. related to their marketing of an unproven fat stem cell product via their chain of clinics. The FDA is seeking a …

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Google to block unproven stem cell clinic & gene therapy ads

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Laurie McGinley and William Wan of the Washington Post broke the story this morning that Google has a new biomedical ad policy that may really shake things up for stem cell clinics. Google announced the new policy on its blog that will restrict advertisements for unproven stem cell clinics, cellular and gene therapies. This is …

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Congress pushes FDA on stem cell clinic mess in new letter

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It can be kind of a big deal when politicians, especially at the federal level, write the FDA about stem cells. Is this going to be good news or bad? Some combination? I tend to worry that some senators or representatives might pressure the FDA to weaken oversight. However, lately it seems like the opposite …

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Can clinic biz US Stem reboot after losing suit? Its email to customers & more

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The unproven stem cell clinic firm US Stem Cell Inc. is in a world of hurt. If a federal judge says you can no longer sell your key commercial offering, how do you survive as a company? US Stem probably has been thinking about that possibility for months. Still, it’s not yet clear where the …

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Permanent injunction on clinic firm US Stem Cell is big blow to fat clinics

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Today the United States District Court of the Southern District of Florida entered a permanent injunction against stem cell clinic firm US Stem Cell and co-defendants including U.S. Stem Cell Clinic. Patients have been harmed by the unproven treatments sold by these firms. US Stem had lost the case a couple weeks back, but now …

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Groundbreaking defeat for US Stem Cell, fat stem cell clinic industry in federal court

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In a precedent-setting decision, a federal court has ruled for the FDA against a key stem cell clinic firm called U.S. Stem Cell, Inc. The court granted summary judgment for the FDA in its suit seeking a permanent injunction against the Florida stem cell clinic firm. While the company is likely going to appeal, this is …

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Perspectives: FDA warns umbilical firm & continues stream of “mini-warning” letters

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Yesterday we learned that the FDA issued a warning letter to the cord stem cell firm, Cord for Life. In this warning, the FDA indicated that the firm’s product is actually a drug product and lacks necessary pre-market approvals. In addition, the agency highlighted apparent deviations from CGMP practices. The most important part of the …

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Scott Gottlieb leaving FDA: possible reasons, impact on stem cell field, & more

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Maybe the announcement that Commissioner Scott Gottlieb will be leaving the FDA soon shouldn’t have caught us all off-guard, but it did. Gottlieb isn’t a perfect Commissioner, but he brought a sensible, open approach to running the FDA that was very refreshing. Amongst all the top leadership in the Trump administration, Scott Gottlieb stood out …

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