Fresh cell therapy outside FDA-recognized standard health care | Inquirer Opinion
Close  

Fresh cell therapy outside FDA-recognized standard health care

08:49 PM November 19, 2013

This has reference to the news item titled “Nation’s rich fight aging with stem cell therapy” (Front Page, 11/7/13).

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has noted that the stem cell procedures featured in the news item—i.e., harvesting the patient’s stem cells from their own fat and injecting them into their blood and harvesting cells from unborn sheep to be injected into a patient’s muscle, known as fresh cell therapy—are outside the initial three standard health care it recognizes, namely: hematopoietic stem cell transplantation, corneal resurfacing with limbal stem cells, and skin regeneration with epidermal stem cells.

ADVERTISEMENT

It must also be stressed that the recognized skin regeneration procedure applies only to skin grafting for burn patients and not for any antiaging indications or aesthetic reason as featured in the subject news item.

As of date, no human cells, tissues and cellular and tissue-based products (HCT/Ps) are currently registered with the FDA. Hence, any information for more affordable products and treatments claiming to use stem cells, be it in the form of an advertisement or informative materials are illegal, as this could mislead the public on the standard of safety, efficacy and quality of the HCT/Ps recognized by the FDA.

FEATURED STORIES
OPINION

The role of the media in promoting the basic consumer right to information is highly recognized by the FDA. It is our responsibility to give the consumers accurate facts and correct information needed for them to have an informed choice and be free from exploitation.

We thank the Inquirer for being our partner in promoting consumer protection.

—KENNETH Y. HARTIGAN-GO, MD,

acting director general,

Food and Drug Administration

Subscribe to our opinion newsletter

By providing an email address. I agree to the Terms of Use and acknowledge that I have read the Privacy Policy.
Read Next
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: letters, Stem Cell Therapy
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.

Subscribe to our opinion columns

By providing an email address. I agree to the Terms of Use and
acknowledge that I have read the Privacy Policy.



© Copyright 1997-2021 INQUIRER.net | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.