Australia to crack down on dubious stem cell therapies

Jul 03, 2018, 7:11 AM EDT
(Source: Daniel Schroen PhD/flickr)
(Source: Daniel Schroen PhD/flickr)

Stem cell therapy, in which the patient receives his or her own cells, slips through the cracks of regulations alluring more and more people with unproven techniques promising hope for a growing basket of medical conditions.

Australia is home to more than 50 clinics that offer a host of stem cell treatments for dementia, osteoarthritis, motor neurone disease and erectile dysfunction among others but essentially, patients are “buying hope” instead of treatment, reports ABC News.

The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) mulls introducing tighter regulations to control this industry before it reaches alarming proportions for patient safety.

In the U.S., where regulatory authorities have failed to tighten their grip on “predatory and fraudulent” clinics, scientists like Paul Knoepfler are rising to the occasion with constant vigil on stem cell malpractices and warning the society of the same, notes Science.