June 3, 2020

The Niche

Knoepfler lab stem cell blog

Scott Gottlieb

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If the FDA can “go big” to issue 40 warning letters to the e-cig industry as it just yesterday, why has it recently only issued 1 or fewer warning letters per year to the unproven, for-profit stem cell clinic industry in the U.S., which includes hundreds of businesses blatantly operating in what seems to be a clearly non-compliant fashion? FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb has used very strong language to describe stem cell clinics including the phrase “bad actors”, but so far we haven’t seen much …Read More

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According to The Bismarck Tribune and the AP/US News & World Report, the North Dakota Attorney General’s office is investigating a stem cell clinic in that state amid complaints. From the news articles: “The clinic has been offering stem cell injections for about a week and a half. Consumer Protection Division Director Parrell Grossman says there are concerns about alleged misrepresentations and questions over whether all available information is being given to potential patients.” A week and half is a short time so this particular state …Read More

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In a nutshell, what does all of this week’s big FDA developments on stem cells and regenerative medicine mean for stem cell clinics? There’s much to be upbeat about so overall I’d say it’s good news, but I see three significant potential problems too. Dang. The good news is that the FDA seems determined to deal with the highest risk stem cell clinics, but unfortunately the FDA sent mixed messages on clinics in a broader sense and in some ways left the door open …Read More

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Are fat stem cells a drug? Today the FDA definitively indicated “yes” without leaving much of any room for exceptions on this question. This morning the FDA made a major announcement on stem cell policy regarding its current thinking on oversight of regenerative medicine and issued four guidances, including two each in final and in draft form. There will be a 90-day comment period for the latter. Are today’s developments a good thing overall? I’d say “yes”, although there are still some ambiguities and …Read More

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The ability of for-profit stem cell clinics to pitch unproven, risky stem cell offerings to patients may soon get much tougher in Australia. The country’s Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), which has some similar responsibilities there as the FDA does here in the U.S., announced planned new reforms that’ll put stem cell clinics under more scrutiny and more thorough oversight. Hopefully it’ll in many ways provide patients with more protections. While details remain to be determined, there are four major components to the TGA policy change, which …Read More

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Can a stem cell clinic business get FDA RMAT designation? At least one announced it was trying, but now seems to have given up. Stem cell clinic business US Stem Cell, Inc. has reportedly announced that it is at least temporarily abandoning its efforts at getting Regenerative Medicine Advanced Therapy (RMAT) designation from the FDA. The company’s penny stock $USRM has been gyrating for months and I had earlier wondered if could be some fake news about it. The USRM news now seems real and not …Read More