Published on : Thursday, July 6, 2017
A tighter regulation of stem cell tourism has been appealed by an international group of leading experts. This includes patients from different countries travelling to other nations for medical regulations with less strict policies for treatment posing unsafe potential therapies.
These hundreds of medical centers distributed worldwide claim of offering therapies that involve transplantation of stem cells which the centers assert that it has the ability to repair damaged tissues. Side by side, clinics are extensively marketing the treatment for a variety of medical conditions like sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease as well. Generally, these therapies are being advertised directly to the patients with an assurance of guaranteed cure. However, experts confirm that there is no such guaranteed evidence to show that the treatments will help anyone, or will not cause harm whatsoever.
Researchers also points out that the practice risks deflation of the development of rigorously tested, validated therapies and puts lives at risk.
The group has called for coordinated global action to handle this problem while writing in the journal Science Translational Medicine,
They explain that stricter rules on advertising stem cell therapies are essential so that unsupported claims about potential clinical benefits do not go unrecognized.
Global regulatory authorities should accept international standards for the manufacture and testing of cell and tissue-based therapies, they further added.
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