From the AMA News, July 1


 

Good Morning Dr. Mitchell Sheinkop.  Here are today’s top stories.

Leading the News:

Unproven stem cell therapies available at hundreds of US clinics

In “Science Now,” the Los Angeles Times (6/30, Kaplan) reports that research indicates across the US, “at least 351 businesses at 570 locations are marketing stem cell therapies that have not been fully vetted by medical researchers or blessed by the” FDA. The findings were published by Cell Stem Cell.

            On its website, NBC News (6/30, Fox) reports that the FDA “regulates some stem cell treatments and says there’s almost nothing available as a commercial product.” However, the agency “does not regulate stem cells taken from a patient and reinfused back into the patient, so long as they’re changed or manipulated.” According to NBC News, “Many of the clinics on the list offer these non-regulated types of treatments.”

            In “To Your Health,” the Washington Post (6/30, McGinley) reports that this “analysis comes as the debate over regulating stem-cell clinics is intensifying.” Although “some critics say the FDA should crack down on the industry, others say they shouldn’t face new restrictions because what they are doing is part of the ‘practice of medicine.’”

            Bloomberg News (6/30, Ramkumar) points out that “the FDA has issued draft guidelines for stem cell therapies and is planning a public hearing in September on regulating procedures.”


 

I am in 100% agreement with the AMA’s Leading News review. Yesterday, a very well known retired professional athlete sought consultation in my office concerning a regenerative intervention for his arthritic left hip. During the intake, the remote traumatic event leading to the progressive arthritic limitations could be identified. Earlier this year, we witnessed the retirement of Kobe Bryant from professional basketball and I was reminded of the stem cell procedure he underwent in Germany five years ago for a “bone on bone” arthritic knee. That interventional orthopedic procedure added five years to his career. Outcomes that we capture, as well as those of other board certified clinicians, support Bone Marrow Concentrate/Stem Cell intervention for grades two and three, sometimes grade four osteoarthritis. The 351 businesses marketing stem cell therapies for every known malady of mankind deserve an industry crack down by the FDA. I am a board certified orthopedic surgeon with outcomes and data to support my practice of improving the well being of patients afflicted by arthritis in a major joint.

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