FDA urges hotels to guard vs stem cell therapy

Posted: June 29, 2013 at 8:48 pm

By: Jet Villa, InterAksyon.com June 29, 2013 6:55 PM

A scientist working on stem cells in a laboratory. AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

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MANILA, Philippines -- The Food and Drug Administration has asked hotels to guard against allowing stem cell therapy to be performed in their premises.

FDA acting director Dr. Kenneth Hartigan-Go said hotels may be held liable for guests found performing or undergoing stem cell therapy in their rooms.

Go pointed out that performing medical procedures like stem cell therapy in a non-health facility is illegal.

Under Republic Act 9711 or the Food and Drug Administration Act of 2009, violators face a fine of up to P500,000 plus closure of the establishment and jail terms.

In FDA Advisory 2013-012 issued May 15, the agency warned the pubic against "receiving unapproved stem cell preparations in non-health facilities."

"Patients who might receive stem cell preparations and therapy without prior FDA-Department of Health approval run the risks of contracting infectious diseases and severe complications which may lead to permanent disabilities, physical deformities, serious iatrogenic harm, autoimmune diseases and worst death, and without the benefit of health insurance coverage," the advisory said.

FDA urges hotels to guard vs stem cell therapy

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