October 19, 2020

The Niche

Knoepfler lab stem cell blog

Texas stem cells

2 min read

Texas Governor Greg Abbott has effectively banned abortions in his state during the COVID-19 pandemic, but his reasoning makes no sense and is inconsistent with his policies more generally on health-care clinics. The Tribune notes that while “Abbott’s original ban was intended to preserve medical resources”, his own statements contradict that, including “On Friday, he said Texas had ample hospital bed space and a strong supply chain of personal protective equipment.” As I wrote last week, I “checked in” with unproven stem cell clinics …Read More

4 min read

A new Florida bill (Bill 65 of 2019) could make the practices of stem cell clinics a felony. At the same time it would open the door to patients receiving still experimental stem cells that have at least started the clinical trial process. What’s going on? A number of states have been stepping up action related to stem cells and specifically stem cell clinics. The steps on unproven clinics range from bills, some of which have become law such as here in California and …Read More

4 min read

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

2 min read

My recent post on the push for National Right-To-Try (RTT) including a detailed comment from ISSCR stirred some animated feedback. In the spirit of encouraging diverse discussion, here I am posting a striking comment I received from a stem cell industry insider regarding that post on RTT as it relates to stem cells and s/he was especially focused on the controversial new Texas stem cell law: “I understand we disagree about these things, but still a little disappointed in how prominent the “snake oil” salesman scare …Read More