The FDA Is Going After Stem Cell Clinics That Peddle Unproven Treatments
January 9, 2019
(Vox) – Currently, the only stem cell therapy approved by the FDA is a bone marrow transplant that uses pluripotent stem cells to treat cancers of the blood and bone marrow. But doctors in the Cell Surgical Network have moved ahead with using cells for autoimmune, neurologic, and other serious conditions. And there is a growing number of cases of adverse effects. In 2016, an elderly woman went blind after receiving an injection of stem cells to treat her macular degeneration. She received the treatment at the Stem Cell Center of Georgia — an affiliate of Berman’s Cell Surgical Network. More reports of ill-fated procedures have since surfaced across the country, the worst resulting in kidney failure and paraplegia.