I’m continuing my patient Q&A series of posts and today is questions & answers post #3, which is on platelet-rich plasma, also known as PRP. You can read Q&A #1 on the potential for stem cell clinics to put patients at risk of graft-vs-host disease, and Q&A #2 on whether stem cell transplant recipients and autoimmune patients may be at higher risk of COVID-19. At left you can see an image of a PRP injection. In this case PRP is being injected into a …Read More
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) has been around for a long time, but patients are often confused by it. In part the confusion arises from how it is marketed, which sometimes includes it being described as “stem cells”, which it is not. However, at times it can be as a therapy with stem cells or other biologics, which also adds to the complexity. To help clarify where things stand including on the clinical science, I’m going to do a series of new posts on platelet …Read More
North America is seeing a major bump in actions by regulators against unproven stem cell clinics with a big step up in Canada. The action has sparked quite a bit of discussion and debate. Dozens of Canadian clinics were just told by Health Canada to stop selling unproven stem cells. Some of these clinics sold both stem cells and platelet rich plasma (PRP). Experts up in Canada praised the move even if it seems they had hoped something like this would have come much …Read More
Swedish Medical Center in Seattle is now marketing regenerative medicine therapies including some things that in my view are not really scientifically proven to work including via an infomercial. This is part of a bigger trend where more legit medical centers have begun selling regenerative medicine “treatments” that are still being developed. Sometimes they even engage in questionable marketing of this stuff too. The latest entry here is unbelievable in some ways. In the above segment sponsored by Swedish Medical Center on a show …Read More
Ain’t nothing like the real thing…right? No, by the ‘real thing’ I’m not talking about Coke versus Pepsi or Coke versus Diet Coke, but rather stem cells. (On a side note there’s still some people who apparently believe the stem cell myth that there are stem cells in Pepsi). I get a regular stream of emails from patients and sometimes phone calls asking questions about stem cells and especially stem cell treatments, but at times I’m not sure the treatment in question really involves …Read More
The FDA stem cell meeting that was supposed to take place in April is now officially going to be a 2-day event in September. This public meeting is meant to get comments on four draft guidances related to regs on stem cell products and treatments.