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It’s a straightforward question, so here’s a straight answer.
At the Lung Institute, where we utilize cellular therapy–cells collected from the patient’s own body–for the treatment of lung diseases such as COPD, pulmonary fibrosis and emphysema, one of the most frequently asked questions we receive is whether or not cellular therapy is approved by the FDA. Understandably, current and potential patients wish to gain a deeper understanding as to how and why the Lung Institute exists—particularly in a field of medicine that may feel new and rapidly advancing.
With your health in mind, the Lung Institute is here to break down the role of the FDA, its approval process and exactly where cellular therapy falls on the spectrum of FDA regulation and guidelines.
In short, the use of same-day cellular therapy is approved for exemption status by the FDA. So, what does exemption status mean exactly? In this case, exemption status simply means that when criteria and guidelines are met in the practice of cellular therapy, the FDA has preemptively permitted its use and has determined that no further regulation or oversight is required. In this sense, the Lung Institute is firmly in accordance with the conditions set by the FDA for exemption status and conducts itself in full accordance with current guidelines.
What is the FDA?
In 1906, journalist Upton Sinclair drafted the novel The Jungle—a fictionalized expose of deplorable meatpacking conditions in industrial Chicago. At a time in which virtually all consumers were unaware of the safety and cleanliness of their sources of food, once the novel broke, public outrage over the conditions presented in the book led to immediate action in the form of two bills: the Meat Inspection Act and the Pure Food and Drug Act of 1906. These bills would eventually lead to the establishment of the Bureau of Chemistry, which in turn, would become what we know today as the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
So, what exactly does the FDA do? In short, the FDA is responsible for protecting and promoting public health through the regulation and supervision of food, tobacco and medical products. They exist as an extension of their original purpose: to protect the health of the consumer by regulating the industries that are most important to public health.
Cellular Therapy Moving Forward
Under current FDA guidelines and regulations 1271.10 and 1271.15, the Lung Institute is in compliance with all necessary requirements for operation. Our procedures are same day, involve minimal manipulation and are, therefore, considered office-based medical procedures in much the same way that one might go to the dentist. Although cellular therapy can seem new and unfamiliar, rest assured these procedures fall under the practice of medicine and do not require further FDA oversight.
At the Lung Institute, we believe cellular therapy is quickly growing to become the dominant form of treatment for lung disease. However, time can be a factor in any decision. If you’re looking to take control of your health, don’t wait. If you or a loved one suffers from COPD or another lung disease, the Lung Institute may be able to help with a variety of cellular therapy options. Contact us at (800) 729-3065 today to find out if you qualify for cellular therapy.
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