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    As Stem Cell Clinics Proliferate, E&C Leaders Seek to Hear FDA’s Plan

    A bipartisan group of representatives on the Energy & Commerce (E&C) committee sent a letter to US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Acting Commissioner Ned Sharpless on Thursday seeking more details on the agency’s plan to slow the proliferation of stem cell clinics. While noting that FDA has agreed to exercise enforcement discretion for 36 months in a recent guidance, the letter also explains how CBER Director Peter Marks said in April that industry has shown “mo...
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    FDA Questions Arizona Stem Cell Company

    As part of efforts to crack down on companies selling unapproved stem cell products to treat a variety of diseases and conditions, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday sent an untitled letter to Arizona-based R3 Stem Cell and its more than 50 affiliate centers or clinics. FDA raises concerns with R3 because its website makes unsubstantiated claims about the stem cell products, which FDA says appear to be human cell, tissue, or cellular or tissue-based p...
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    FDA to Step Up Stem Cell Enforcement, Look Into Pathway for Low-Risk Treatments

    US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Scott Gottlieb and Center for Biologics Evaluation Research (CBER) Director Peter Marks on Wednesday warned that the agency will step up its enforcement efforts against companies illegally marketing stem cell therapies.   Gottlieb and Marks also said the agency will look into new ways to “delineate an efficient development path” for low-risk stem cell therapies being developed by firms that have filed investigational n...
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    FDA Warns Cord Blood Marketer, Reiterates Enforcement Discretion

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday released a warning letter sent late last month to San Diego-based umbilical cord blood product producer Genetech for selling unapproved products. The warning letter comes as FDA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have received numerous reports of safety issues including those involving microbial contamination and are aware of 12 patients who received Genetech products and subsequently became ill due t...
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    FDA Warns Stem Cell Supplier Over Unapproved Treatment

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Wednesday warned stem cell product supplier American CryoStem Corporation for marketing an unapproved product after the agency inspected the company's Eatontown, New Jersey site in July. The warning letter comes just months after FDA announced a new framework for regulating regenerative medicines that included a 36-month period of enforcement discretion by the agency, though at the time, an FDA spokesperson told Focus the ...
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    FDA Puts Opioids, Compounding, Stem Cells at Forefront of Enforcement Efforts

    The US opioid epidemic, drug compounding and the proliferation of stem cell clinics selling unproven treatments were highlighted as some of the focal points for US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) enforcement efforts last year and next year, officials said Wednesday at the Food and Drug Law Institute’s litigation and compliance conference in Washington, D.C. Becky Wood, chief counsel for FDA, keynoted the conference and discussed the opioid crisis, and in particul...
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    Asia Regulatory Roundup: India Tightens Stem Cell Guidelines (17 September 2017)

    Welcome to our Asia Regulatory Roundup, our weekly overview of the top regulatory news in Asia. India Tightens Stem Cell Guidelines to Curb ‘Rampant’ Unethical Therapeutic Practices India has tightened its guidelines on the banking and therapeutic use of stem cells in response to “rampant unethical practices.” The updated guidelines strengthen mechanisms for the review and monitoring of stem cell clinical trials and prohibit commercial banking of most biological ...
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    New California Law Requires Posted Notices of Non-FDA Approved Stem Cell Products

    California Gov. Jerry Brown this week signed into law a bill that requires health providers to post notices in their offices when they are administering stem cell treatments that have not been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The law is part of efforts to crack down on the use and sale of unapproved stem cell treatments, some of which are being hawked as cures for a range of diseases with few or no treatment options, like ALS, autism and spina...
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    FDA to Unveil New Regulatory Framework for Stem Cell Therapies

    The US Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said Monday the agency will advance a new framework to better regulate stem cell therapies this fall. "This comprehensive policy will establish clearer lines around when these regenerative medicine products have sufficient complexity to fall under the agency's current authority, and then define an efficient process for how these products should be evaluated for safety and effectiveness," Gottli...
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    New Texas Law on Stem Cell Treatments: Showdown With FDA Coming?

    With a new Texas law now in the books to allow companies to sell unproven stem cell treatments without US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval, some experts wonder when FDA will step in to shut down companies and clinics exposing people to unapproved medical products. Similar to the “Right to Try” laws spreading across the US and attempting to undercut FDA’s regulation of investigational products, the Texas law , which had been brewing in some form since...
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    Is the Current Regulation of Autologous Stem Cells Appropriate?

    This article discusses the regulation of autologous stem cells and tissue therapies in Australia by addressing issues such as the safety and efficacy of cell therapies, which therapies are regulated, what regulators are doing in other countries and "next steps" in cell and tissue regulation. Introduction The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), the regulating body in Australia, is the division of the Australian government Department of Health responsible for regul...
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    Asia Regulatory Roundup: India’s DCGI Orders Manufacturers to Assess GMP, GLP Compliance (30 August 2016)

    Welcome to our Asia Regulatory Roundup, our weekly overview of the top regulatory news in Asia. DCGI Orders Manufacturers to Assess Their Compliance with GMPs, GLPs The Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) has ordered companies to self-assess their compliance with good manufacturing and laboratory practices (GMPs/GLPs). DCGI is demanding manufacturers carry out the self-assessment, award themselves a quality rating and submit the resulting report to the relev...