January 17, 2021

The Niche

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stem cell cost

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One of the most common questions that patients have asked me over the last decade is, “how much do stem cells cost?” They actually seem most often to want to know more specifically how much the treatments should cost. To try to authoritatively answer this we need data from the present and past along with expert perspectives. These kinds of questions on what are common and reasonable prices have continued in 2020. However, the types of queries have also evolved as things have gotten …Read More

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Over the years I’ve asked patients to talk about their experiences getting a stem cell therapy of one kind or another. One particular post in 2016 has drawn almost 400 comments, many from patients. The insights provided by these patients and the questions asked in the comment stream have provided a unique window into what’s going on out there. There is a remarkable diversity of readers on this blog from all over the world. I know we have a lot of readers who are …Read More

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After almost a decade blogging about stem cells from just about every angle, it’s interesting to consider trends in the types of questions I get asked such as this much more common one now as compared to 2010: How much is stem cell therapy? What does a patient pay on average for stem cells in 2019? How much does insurance cover? Cost is on people’s minds. In a way that’s not so surprising for a few reasons. First, as compared to many years back, …Read More

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Stem cell treatment cost is a big issue for patients now and longer term also for the stem cell field. If proven stem cell treatments end up costing too much then all that hard work to invent and test the therapies won’t have helped people much. Million or multi-million dollar new therapies are not so unusual these days in the biotech world. Here are some recent examples: From ASH Clinical News on a Novartis drug:“AVXS-101, a treatment for spinal muscular atrophy, will cost $4 …Read More

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Stem cell injections at unproven clinics are expensive and unproven so a lot of patients have asked me: does insurance cover stem cell therapy at clinics? Mostly the answer is “no”, but in rare cases there is some kind of coverage. Update: Still in 2020, we just aren’t seeing insurance companies cover stem cell injections by clinics. Does insurance cover stem cell therapy? It’s an important question because the average total stem cell injection price tag for an individual customer can easily end up …Read More

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Sometimes when I talk about possible placebo effects with fans of stem cell clinics I feel like placebo becomes akin to a bad word in the discussion. However, any kind of medical procedure can cause placebo effects in people. We’re all susceptible to it. I believe that many perceived positive outcomes at stem cell clinics are really placebo effects. Why? For one thing, many patients have told me about a phenomenon I’ll call “the fade”. Stem cell clinics themselves know exactly what I mean …Read More

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There’s a lot going on in Florida with non-FDA approved stem cell offerings even just related to stem cells for vision problems alone, but while US Stem Cell has drawn the most attention related to patient allegations of severe vision loss in Florida after fat stem cell injections in eyes, another group I’ll loosely call the “SCOTS Trial” has also been injecting investigational stem cells (in this case from bone marrow) into patients’ eyes and some patients have made allegations of harm there too in …Read More

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The world is constantly bombarded these days with often-hyped stories of the latest celebrities who got unproven stem cells, including most recently Jack Nicklaus and now Tarek El Moussa of Flip or Flop TV real estate fame. Both these celebs got stem cells for orthopedic kind of health situations, but while in theory stem cells could help such conditions, the jury is really out on that. Celebrities and other public figures have a special responsibility to be extra cautious to avoid any hyping of …Read More

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How much does a stem cell treatment cost? $5,000 is a nice round number that is probably close to the mark on average, but the price varies a great deal and depends on many factors. Factors that influence perceived average price include what one actually sees as being under that umbrella term “stem cell treatment.” Does the transplant from a stem cell clinical trial count as a “treatment”? I’m not sure it should, but many view it as qualifying for that definition. By and large, you …Read More

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Stem cell therapy cost is a moving target. A lot depends on the circumstances. Did you get the therapy at a university or major medical center or like most people these days at a stem cell clinic? Did insurance pay any of the cost and if so, how much? If not, how did you get the needed funding? I’d like to ask you readers, if you have had a stem cell therapy of any kind, how much did you pay? Please let me know …Read More