The FDA’s stance is that a person’s own stem cells must be tested as a new drug- ie. subject to 7-10 years of clinical trials and testing for each disease/condition it is used for.
If I'm understanding this correctly, any time a new use is discovered for using a patient's own stem cells, doctors elsewhere in the world can just treat it like a medical procedure and start treatment, but US doctors have to wait for clinical trials and FDA approval.
On the one hand, I'm all for not jumping the gun and unleashing new and potentially dangerous processes. But adult stem cells have a strong record of success without the risks and side effects of embryonic stem cells.
Paul Harvey blamed prolifers for the fact that Don Ho had to go to Thailand to get stem cell treatment for his heart. Now we know who to blame.
I've signed up at Safe Stem Cells -- I want my nephew to walk again. I want my fellow citizens to be able to get the kind of care right here at home that patients are getting overseas.