Faulty stem cell clinics proliferate in Australia, leading to deaths

Australia has among the world’s highest concentrations of stem cell businesses advertising medical and cosmetic treatments online, despite a lack of evidence about the efficacy or safety of many of those procedures, a study has found.

Prof John Rasko…has called on Australia’s medical regulator, the Therapeutic Goods Administration(TGA), to close a loophole that…was allowing the businesses to promote and offer potentially ineffective or harmful treatments.

Websites frequently made implausible claims, were vague about the medical conditions for which they could treat or only offered information “on request” and used inconsistent terminology…

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What had shocked the researchers…was that so many clinics were now operating in Australia. They charged consumers thousands of dollars…Rasko said the reason stem cell clinics had been able to proliferate in Australia was due to a regulatory loophole that had never been closed.

Australians have already died from undergoing expensive and unproven stem cell treatments…[Coroner Hugh] Dillon said the death[s] “highlights the vulnerability of elderly sick people and their families, desperate for help, to ‘quack’ medicine”.

The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis. Read full, original post: Untested stem cell treatments proliferate in Australia, study finds

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