The news of the FDA crackdown on stem cell treatments broke back in November causing many current patients to worry about the future of their therapy.
Many people across the country rely on the power of stem cell treatments to treat their chronic conditions. Stem cell therapy has been the only source of relief for some patients suffering from chronic pain, osteoarthritis, joint pain and other orthopedic conditions when traditional methods of medication and surgery fall short. The new regulations the Food and Drug Administration have adopted are to ensure patients are protected and receiving approved treatments. While the concern for safe treatments is universal, reports about the new regulations may cast a negative light on all of the autologous stem cell treatments available making them appear predatory and unsafe. There have been reports of improperly administered treatments that have harmed patients, but these isolated events don’t reflect the large amount of safely administered and effective treatments many patients attest to. The FDA hopes to close the loophole that allows improper treatments and impose safety and efficacy standards that will keep patients safe. Many people feared their stem cell therapy treatments would go away completely when they read the news but don’t panic just yet, here are a couple of reasons why you should keep your cool.
“The new FDA regulations won’t go into effect for about 36 months so your treatment can continue as planned.”
The New Regulations Won't Outlaw Stem Cell Treatment
New FDA Regulations for stem cell therapy are targeting treatments that are unfounded and dangerous, so we’re all on the same side. We all want to be sure that we are placing ourselves in the care of specialists who will provide us safe and effective treatment to the best of their ability with the highest quality technique. Weeding out predatory clinics looking to make money at the expense of your health is important for the entire stem cell therapy community. The new regulation will require proper licensing, standards and regular inspection for compliance, so patients know they are receiving effective treatment. Bad clinics will be more easily identifiable, and legitimate treatments will have cleaner operating standards. Any specialists performing treatments that could pose significant safety concerns will find it increasingly difficult to operate and market to patients.
Not Much Will Happen for At Least 3 Years
If you’re currently undergoing stem cell therapy treatments or have been considering stem cell therapy as an option for your chronic condition you have no need to worry. The new FDA regulations won’t go into effect for about 36 months so your treatment can continue as planned. You can speak with your provider about how the regulations will affect your personal treatment plan if at all. Your stem cell treatment specialist will be able to explain if they will have to make any changes to clinic practices for compliance. If you’re like most patients who rely on stem cell therapy to treat your chronic condition, you’re worried your life-changing treatment will become unavailable but put that thought out of your mind. These changes are being put in place for your protection and are still years ahead in the future.
As stem cell research continues to thrive, we will continue to see how the power of stem cells can make a difference in medical treatment. Regulation must keep in step with the scientific advancement, so patients aren’t suffering damage from predatory medical treatments that fall through the cracks. These new FDA regulations will in time help to advance the administration of legitimate stem cell therapies and foster trust in the ability of the treatment.
It’s important to stay well informed about current stem cell therapy news and communicate with your stem cell therapy provider to make certain your treatments are safe and on target.
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