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Stop human stem cell therapy for unproven indications until approved by FDA

The transplantation of human blood forming stem cells done for the treatment of cancerous and non-cancerous diseases of the blood/bone marrow and including primary immunodeficiency states and certain types of solid tumors, is the most widely accepted clinical application of stem cell therapy. The effectiveness and safety of human stem cell therapy has yet to be proven for heart, neurologic, skin, rheumatologic and gastrointestinal diseases, diabetes, hypertension, autism, cancer, aging and aesthetics, HIV AIDS and other conditions. Despite the lack of solid scientific evidence to support use of human stem cell therapy for these conditions, reports of use precisely for these conditions being received and paid exorbitant fees for by prominent personalities abound in media. This can mislead the public into accepting treatment that is at best experimental at this time. Good ethical practice also dictates that when treatment is experimental, the patient should not be paying for it and instead should be compensated for altruism in participating in a clinical trial for treatment that has not yet been proven completely effective or safe. It is for these reasons that the Philippine College of Physicians, an umbrella organization of Internal Medicine specialists in the country, is petitioning the DOH to issue a cease and desist order for stem cell therapy for unproven indications until scientific evidence to support claims
of efficacy and safety are approved by the FDA.

PREAMBLE

The transplantation of human blood forming stem cells done for the treatment of cancerous and non-cancerous diseases of the blood/bone marrow and including primary immunodeficiency states and certain types of solid tumors, is the most widely accepted clinical application of stem cell therapy.

The effectiveness and safety of stem cell therapy has yet to be proven in the following conditions (‘unproven indications’): heart, neurologic, skin, rheumatologic and gastrointestinal diseases, diabetes, hypertension, autism, cancer, aging and aesthetics, HIV AIDS and other conditions.

Despite the lack of solid scientific evidence to support use of human stem cell therapy for these conditions, reports of use precisely for these conditions being received and paid exorbitant fees for by prominent personalities abound in media. This can mislead the public into accepting treatment that is at best experimental at this time. Good ethical practice also dictates that when treatment is experimental, the patient should not be paying for it and instead should be compensated for altruism in participating in a clinical trial for treatment that has not yet been proven completely effective or safe.

The use of human stem cells for unproven indications should be confined to clinical studies, that have been screened and approved by a duly constituted technical review board and ethics committee. As provided for by the Department of Health AO No. 2013-0012 and Food & Drug Administration Circular No. 2013-017, these human stem cell therapies should be also be duly registered under the FDA and performed only in DOH-accredited centers.

Human stem cell therapy for unproven indications is proliferating in the Philippines and posing serious safety issues to unknowing Filipinos. The
Philippine College of Physicians is alarmed by the false claims, misinformation and exorbitant fees for such stem cell treatments. Join us in petitioning the Department of Health to issue a cease and desist order to all doctors, clinics or hospitals who are giving human stem cell therapy for unproven indications until scientific evidence to support claims of efficacy and safety are approved by the FDA.

PETITION

We the undersigned, call on the Department of Health to issue a cease and desist order to all doctors, clinics or hospitals who are giving human stem cell therapy for unproven indications until scientific evidence to support claims of efficacy and safety are approved by the Philippine Food & Drug Administration.

 

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