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Google will ban ads for unproven or experimental medical techniques

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Posted 09 September 2019

Google is revising its healthcare and medicines policy to ban advertising for unproven or experimental medical techniques such as most stem cell therapy, cellular (non-stem) therapy, and gene therapy. The policy will prohibit ads selling treatments that: (a) have no established biomedical or scientific basis, or (b) are rooted in basic scientific findings and preliminary clinical experience, but currently have insufficient formal clinical testing to justify widespread clinical use.
Reference: A new policy on advertising for speculative and experimental medical treatments. Google, Sept 6, 2019

The ban reportedly will take effect in October.
Reference: Wan W. McGinley L. New Google policy bars ads for unproven stem cell therapies. Washington Post, Sept 6, 2019

MIT Technology Review has criticized Google for years of brazenly profiting from health-care scams, noting:

Ads from stem-cell clinics have been a fixture of Google’s search results for years, funneling desperate Read the rest

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Miracle cures or modern quackery? Stem cell clinics multiply, with heartbreaking results

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Posted 30 April 2018

Miracle cures or modern quackery? Stem cell clinics multiply, with heartbreaking results for some patients.

by Laurie McGinley and William Wan

Washington Post  April 29 

Doris Tyler lay on the examining table as the doctor stuck a long, thin tube into her belly. The doctor pulled back a plunger, and the syringe quickly filled with yellow blobs tinged with pink.

“Look at that beautiful fat coming out. Liquid gold!” one of the clinic’s staff exclaimed in a video of the procedure provided to The Washington Post.

Hidden in that fat were stem cells with the amazing power to heal, the Stem Cell Center of Georgia had told Tyler. The clinic is one of hundreds that have popped up across the country, many offering treatments for conditions from Parkinson’s disease to autism to multiple sclerosis.

Federal regulators have not approved any of their treatments, and critics call Read the rest

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Finally, FDA Is Cracking Down on Highly Dangerous ‘Treatments’ From Stem Cell Clinics

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Posted 30 August 2017

Stem cells are amazing. They hold the potential to repair almost any part of the body, shifting into different cell types on demand. But that doesn’t mean you can trust all the treatment pitches out there with “stem cells” in the description – often these therapies have not been tested, and do more harm than good.

Now the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has finally announced it will make a concerted effort to stamp out unproven stem cell remedies that haven’t been properly vetted and may even be dangerous to patients.

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‘Stem cell snake oil’ clinics

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‘Stem cell snake oil’ clinics could put patients in danger, report[1] says

Study finds that at least 350 companies are marketing unapproved stem cell ‘treatments’ aimed at everything from facelifts to Alzheimers and Parkinson’s

The US has become a booming market for unauthorized stem cell “treatments” for everything from breast enhancements to Alzheimer’s disease, according to the authors of a new report that warns of dangers to patients from such “stem cell snake oil” pitches.

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/jun/30/stem-cell-snake-oil-clinics-patients-report

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Deceptive marketing of Stem Enhance / StemEnhance

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Posted 04 February 2015

FDA Advisory No. 2013-025
DECEPTIVE ON-LINE SALE AND MARKETING OF STEM ENHANCE TM PRODUCT

http://www.fda.gov.ph/advisories/pharmaceutical/98391-fda-advisory-no-2013-025

The Food and Drug Administration has monitored the product STEM ENHANCETM that is being promoted and sold on-line and dubiously labeled as a Dietary Supplement that Supports the Natural Release of Adult Stem Cells, manufactured by STEMTech Health Sciences. Inc. of Klamath Falls, Oregon, USA. This product is not registered by the FDA (http://www.fda.gov.ph/consumers-corner/registered-food-supplements/8732-fr-100019).

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Stem cell scams

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Posted 10 September 2013

StemEnhance is one of many products claiming to have an effect on stemcells, and thereby aid your body to repair damaged tissues, and even diseases. As pointed out in my postings on StemEnhance, that the evidence for the claims simply do not add up. In spite of years of selling this product, there has been no clinical research of note to support the claims for StemEnhance. In my view, this product is simply a scam.

In this article published in the New York Times, the following pertinent point is made:

. . . adult stem cells are promoted as a cure for everything from sagging skin to severed spinal cords. 

On the surface, the claim is plausible. Scientists have discovered that fat, bone marrow and other parts of the body contain stem cells, immature cells that can rejuvenate themselves, at least in the tissue Read the rest

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