January 16, 2021

The Niche

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Stem Cell Poll

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The State of California is considering re-funding its stem cell agency, CIRM, to the tune of more than $5 billion dollars, but the issue has generated surprisingly little media attention. The main coverage has been by David Jensen over at California Stem Cell Report. Prop 14 polling data non-existent in public domain To my knowledge, there are also no poll results in the public domain about how California voters feel about Proposition 14, which is the measure that would give the stem cell agency …Read More

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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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I’m in the process of gathering data on how much people have been paying for their various stem cell and related treatments, but I’d like to hear directly from you as to what was your stem cell treatment cost. Also, how much did you pay for platelet rich plasma, also known as PRP? What about exosome therapy? Yes, not all of these are stem cell treatments, but they are often bundled together under the umbrella term “regenerative therapies.” Sometimes they are used sequentially or …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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Take our poll: what will be the fates of the stem cell clinic firms sued by the FDA one year from now in October 2019? To be clear, I am asking for your predictions, not what you hope will be the situation a year from now. U.S. Stem Cell, Inc. (USRM) and California Stem Cell Treatment Center along with its parent stem cell clinic chain Cell Surgical Network were separately but in parallel sued in May by the FDA via the DOJ seeking permanent injunctions …Read More

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One of the most common questions about stem cells is economic as patients ask about stem cell treatment cost. How much is the price tag? Empowered with information patients can start thinking like consumers and look out for their own interests more vigorously. I’ve blogged and done polls before about how much patients self-report having paid per treatment, but another important factor needs to be part of this equation: how many stem cell treatments each patient gets. For instance, if a patient reports paying $5,000 …Read More

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The cost of stem cell treatments is a big deal for many reasons including the burden it puts on patients, who often then turn to friends, family and even the Internet to try to obtain the money needed to pay the for-profit clinic. A reasonable question to ask is how the cost of a stem cell treatment compares to the costs of more standard of care options. Most often clinic stem cell offerings are more expensive, but not always. However, “value” is another consideration …Read More

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Our California stem cell agency, CIRM, started as a baby even before I came to California in 2006 to start my lab here at UC Davis School of Medicine, but now CIRM or to use its full name the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine is I’d say a full-grown, mature adult at about age 13 in humans years. Maybe CIRM years don’t go for the 7-year equivalent of dog years to human years, but perhaps 2 or 3 CIRM years to one human year. …Read More

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I get asked many questions about stem cell therapies, but one of the most common over the years has been about the stem cell treatment cost. For instance, a reporter might ask, “How much does a stem cell treatment for MS cost?” and a patient might ask me, “How much is a fair cost for a stem cell therapy for arthritis?” Or, patients will voluntarily tell me what they paid or mention it in the comments. We hear various numbers thrown around about costs …Read More