Why Does the FDA Only Approve Stem Cells for Cancer Treatments?
A common question we get at PA Green Wellness is:
Q: Why does the FDA only approve the use of stem cells for cancer treatments? Does that mean your HCTP injections, which contain MSC stem cells, are not FDA approved?
A: Although cancer treatments and our HCTP injections both utilize MSC’s (mesenchymal stem cells), they are two different types of MSC stem cells that come from two different sources.
What type of MSC’s are used in stem cell cancer treatments?
Currently, cancer treatments involve the use of adipose MSC’s extracted from body tissue. MSC’s derived from body tissue are altered by this process, therefore, it qualifies as a drug, which falls under the FDA’s jurisdiction. This means the FDA supervises and reports its opinion on the efficacy of its use as a drug.
Currently, the only FDA approved use of MSC’s body tissue is for the treatment of cancer.
What type of MSC’s do we use?
Another type of MSC’s, and the one PA Green Wellness uses in their regenerative HCTP injections, is called Wharton’s Jelly. This type is derived from the umbilical cord of healthy, full-term, live births in the United States.
A huge difference is that MSC’s derived from Wharton’s jelly are not altered, so only the extraction process is supervised by the FDA. The use of the end product is not because it is not classified as a drug. Therefore the FDA has no opinion, good or bad, about this type of MSC’s.
*Very Important Note*
If a patient calls the FDA to ask about the safety of using stem cells, even if they remember to ask specifically about MSC’s, they will be told the only authorized use is for the treatment of cancer. Not only is this concerning to the patient because they assume the FDA is advising against what we do, which is not the case, but they are also further confused because we require our patients to be 5 years cancer-free before beginning treatment with us. We do not treat cancer so if someone is asking for MSC’s for the treatment of their cancer, they belong in a cancer treatment center.
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