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PRESCRIPTION DRUG EPIDEMIC

In ALL ARTICLES on April 20, 2011 at 11:32 am

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White House announces plans to reduce prescription drug abuse

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s administration unveiled on Tuesday a plan to fight what it calls a prescription drug abuse epidemic. | Full Article

FDA unveils new action on prescription drug abuse

April 19, 2011 02:35 PM ET

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. health regulator ordered painkiller makers to provide educational materials to help train physicians about the correct use of the drugs, as part of the Obama administration’s plan to tackle prescription drug abuse. | Full Article

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Patient Movement Forms in Opposition to FDA Position that the Patient’s Own Stem Cells are Drugs

In ALL ARTICLES, BEST OF THE BEST on April 9, 2009 at 11:42 pm

Patient Movement Forms in Opposition to FDA Position that the Patient’s Own Stem Cells are Drugs

A patient movement, called Safe Stem Cells NOW! was formed in response to the FDA’s position that the patient’s own adult stem cells are drugs and should be regulated as such. The patient group believes that this misclassification of adult stem cells will dramatically slow the availability of therapies without adding any significant patient safety.

At 71 years of age there is little interest on my part or anyone else’s to opt for lung transplants. I think this is disgraceful for our FDA to prohibit the use of autologous stem cells except in a very narrow concept so that people are forced to seek relief outside the USA

Broomfield, Colorado (PRWEB) April 9, 2009 — The American Stem Cell Therapy Association (ASTCA) announced today the on-line publication of its patient web-site, www.safestemcells.org, which reflects the activities and opinions of patients driving the Safe Stem Cells NOW! movement. The patient movement was formed in response to the FDA’s position that the patient’s own adult stem cells are drugs and should be regulated as such. The patient group believes that this misclassification of adult stem cells will dramatically slow the availability of therapies without adding any significant patient safety.

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Barbara Hanson, the co-founder of www.stemcellpioneers.com, stated “Adult stem cells are cells from our own body. They are very safe. There are no moral or ethical issues. They are safer than taking aspirin and yet the FDA has classified our own stem cells as drugs that require regulation. This means that prolonged investigations, including lengthy clinical trials, will be required for each and every disease and application that adult stem cells could be used for. This could take years and years. It smells of big pharma to me and many others.”

A critical initiative for the ASCTA and the Safe Stem Cells NOW! movement is to bring public awareness to the FDA’s position so consumers, and those who stand to benefit from safe stem cell therapies, have the opportunity to be heard. “We get letters and calls every day from people suffering from a variety of conditions and diseases that have no known cure who are eager to access stem cell therapies.”, Hanson adds. “Many of them are forced to look outside the U.S. for treatment, which involves prohibitive travel and procedure costs.”

One of those patients is Beverly Lessard, a 71-year-old patient from Florida, who has been diagnosed with end stage emphysema. Her late-stage condition prohibits extensive travel and the estimated cost of $12,000 to $50,000 is unaffordable. “At 71 years of age there is little interest on my part or anyone else’s to opt for lung transplants. I think this is disgraceful for our FDA to prohibit the use of autologous stem cells except in a very narrow concept so that people are forced to seek relief outside the USA,” wrote Lessard.

Adult stem cells are ready for early clinical use now and can be processed with the same techniques commonly used in existing in-vitro fertilization labs. “Classifying them as drugs will not add to patient safety, but it will delay treatment to patients who don’t have 1-2 years to wait, let alone 5-7 years,” stated Christopher J. Centeno, M.D., a founding physician member of ASCTA. “ASCTA has established lab guidelines which will allow the safe use of the patient’s own adult stem cells under the supervision of doctors,” continued Dr. Centeno.

Adult stem cells are different from embryonic stem cells. Adult stem cells are found in the human body in various tissues. In order to obtain enough to treat a condition or disease, they often need to be cultured, similar to today’s fertility treatments. Adult stem cells have undergone much more research than embryonic stem cells and thus are closer to real world treatments. These adult stem cells are taken from the patient’s own body (autologous) and ASCTA believes that they are therefore safest for use in treating patients.

About Safe Stem Cells Now!
The Safe Stem Cells NOW! Movement was started by the American Stem Cell Therapy Association and driven by its patient members. The movement’s goal is to inform patients and physicians that their ability to access safe stem cell treatment is being heavily restricted by pharmaceutical industry agendas and by the FDA. For more information, visit www.safestemcells.org.

About ASCTA
The ASCTA is a physician group comprised of various medical and surgical specialties whose goal is to bring safe stem cell therapy to patients by establishing laboratory and clinical guidelines. Christopher Centeno, M.D. is a board certified pain management specialist in Colorado who utilizes The Regenexx Procedure, an innovative adult stem cell therapy that helps patients avoid the need for more invasive orthopedic surgery. Dr. Centeno has published numerous medical research papers on the clinical application of adult mesenchymal stem cells. For more information, visit www.stemcelldocs.org.

MEDIA CONTACT:
Holly Hamann
media (at) stemcelldocs (dot) org

via Patient Movement Forms in Opposition to FDA Position that the Patient’s Own Stem Cells are Drugs.

FDA Part 2: Is the FDA Safe and Effective?

In ALL ARTICLES on March 24, 2009 at 4:16 pm

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Is the FDA Safe and Effective?

Drawing on this body of research, we evaluate the costs and benefits of FDA policy. We also present a detailed history of the FDA, a review of the major plans for FDA reform, a glossary of terms, a collection of quotes from economists who have studied the FDA, and a bibliography with many webbed links. A more detailed table of contents follows. We are happy to receive comments and criticisms.

Daniel B. Klein, Ph.D. and Alexander Tabarrok, Ph.D.

Medical drugs and devices cannot be marketed in the United States unless the U. S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) grants specific approval. We argue that FDA control over drugs and devices has large and often overlooked costs that almost certainly exceed the benefits. We believe that FDA regulation of the medical industry has suppressed and delayed new drugs and devices, and has increased costs, with a net result of more morbidity and mortality. A large body of academic research has investigated the FDA and with unusual consensus has reached the same conclusion.

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International Committee Meets In Amsterdam to Plan World Congress of Families V

In ALL ARTICLES, RELIGION & STEM CELLS, STEM CELLS IN THE NEWS on February 18, 2009 at 12:55 am
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International Committee Meets In Amsterdam to Plan World Congress of Families V

WASHINGTON, Feb. 6 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The International Planning Committee for World Congress of Families V met in Amsterdam last week to put together a program for the Congress. Meetings took place at Amsterdam’s RAI Convention Centre, also the site of WCF V (August 10-12, 2009).

Sessions were co-chaired by Larry Jacobs (WCF Managing Director) and Simon Polinder (head of the Local Organizing Committee). Dr. Patrick Fagan of The Family Research Council acted as moderator.

The Congress will include keynote speeches such as: “How Traditional Are Modern Families In The Netherlands?,” “The Family As The Fundamental Unit of Society,” “The Value of Marriage As The Basis of Family Life,” “The Family as The Foundation of Social and Economic Development,” “The Future Depends on Human Life,” “Effects of Government Policymaking on the Family,” and “The Influence of International Law on the Family.”

Break-out sessions include titles such as: “The Role of The Family In Overcoming Addiction (Drugs, Gambling and Pornography),” “Demography and Declining Birthrates Worldwide,” “Sexuality: Faith, Family and Freedom of Speech,” “Barriers to Adoption: National and International,” “Human Trafficking,” “How Biotechnology Affects The Family (Abortion, Euthanasia and Embryonic Stem-Cell Research),” and “The Family And The Future of Nations.”

via International Committee Meets In Amsterdam to Plan World Congress of Families V.

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