Is the FDA trying to kill adult stem cell medicine?

by on May 6, 2009 · 9 comments

Here’s an informative article from h+ magazine on how the FDA currently argues that culturing adult stem cells amounts to the creation of a new drug.  This of course would mean long time lags for getting stem cell procedures approved, which has prompted the creation of at least two groups: the American Stem Cell Therapy Association (ASCTA) and Safe Stem Cells NOW! (both focused on adult stem cells).

It doesn’t make sense to me that my own cells would be considered a “drug,” but Dr. Christopher J. Centeno who was interviewed for this article by Stephen Coles says that “The FDA is working to protect the interests of Big Pharma.”  Yikes — if that’s the case, it’s a huge setback for personalized medicine.

  • MikeRT

    I can see an obvious political reason here… adult stem cells are superior to embryonic stem cells. With embryonic stem cell research pushed aside, it'll be easier for pro-life bioethicists to argue that there is no moral good that can come from creating batches of embryos for research (which is something that elements of the embryonic stem cell side wanted) or recycling the materials left over from abortions.

  • http://www.yes.fm/ musica

    adult stem cell are fine, and scientist must work on it, but however embryonic stem cell are superior. you can like it or not, but they still been superior

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    hmmm, sounds there is an ongoing “competition” within their group. May I suggest to prioritize the good welfare of the citizenry rather than personal related arguments…This will never allow improvement to go on as planned.

  • bravo

    FDA is trying to kill adult stem cell medicine.this will never allow improvement to go on as planned.

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    bravo

    adults only

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    This will not help.. It seems there's a political issue on going here.. Hope that they must focus in other things rather than that..

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    This will not help.. It seems there's a political issue on going here.. Hope that they must focus in other things rather than that..

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