Stem-cell treatment not a cure-all, charging patients for clinical study unethical – 21 doc groups

By: Jet Villa, InterAksyon.com August 11, 2013 8:10 AM

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MANILA - Twenty-one medical organizations have already signed a position statement, calling for stricter regulations of stem cell products and physicians doing the transplant.

These are the: Philippine College of Physicians, Philippine College of Geriatric Medicine, Philippine Society of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, Philippine Society of Hematology and Blood Transfusion, Philippine Society of Nephrology, Philippine Neurological Society,

Philippine Society of General Surgeons, Philippine College of Surgeons, Philippine Heart Association, Philippine Society of Endocrinology and Metabolism, Philippine Society of Medical Oncology, Diabetes Philippines, Philippine Society of General Medicine, Philippine Society for Vascular Surgery,

Philippine College of Chest Physicians, Philippine Rheumatology Association, Philippine Society of Gastroenterology, Philippine Society for Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, Philippine Academy of Rehabilitation Medicine, Philippine Society of Nuclear Medicine, and Academy of Filipino Neurosurgeons.

The groups have called on the Department of Health and the Food and Drug Administration to issue clearer regulations for stem cell therapy for practicing clinicians to safeguard the health of Filipinos.

Stem cell therapy for unproven indications is proliferating in the Philippines and posing serious safety issues to unknowing clients, they said.

(We are) alarmed by these uncontrolled practices which may include false claims, misinformation, and exorbitant fees, the added.

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