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You want to try stem cell treatments for your chronic lung disease, but you are hesitant. Even though you’ve tried traditional treatments like inhalers, diffusers, nebulizers, even oxygen with limited results, you’re still not ready to commit.
Our Stem Cell Treatment Gives You Hope
You’ve done your research, and you have heard stem cell treatments are the only treatment that addresses the progression of lung disease, and you know your drugs just give you temporary relief. But, you are concerned that stem cell treatment for lung disease is not approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Why take the risk if the FDA won’t give its stamp of approval? Well, there is no need to worry. There is a very good reason the FDA has not approved our stem cell therapy for lung disease, because currently there is no pathway toward approval and it falls under the practice of medicine, not a drug or device.
The FDA can only approve or deny drugs, medical devices, food and cosmetics. Our stem cell treatments use your body’s (autologous) very own stem cells, so they do not fall under FDA scrutiny.
But, rest assured, under current FDA guidelines and regulations, the Lung Institute complies with all necessary requirements for operation. 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.
We Are FDA Compliant
So, there it is. At this time, we have taken all the major and necessary steps to be as fully compliant and transparent as possible with our treatments. We want to assure you that you are getting the best and most advanced medical treatment available to fight your lung disease, and we want you to be as comfortable as possible with your treatment choices.
Some Want FDA Approval, Some Don’t
Interestingly, there are many people who do not want the FDA getting involved in the approval and regulation of stem cells. Their reasoning is stem cells are not a drug, stem cells are part of someone’s body and they say no government agency should dictate what a person can and cannot do with his or her body.
Others would like the FDA involved so that the stem cell business would be more tightly regulated and consequently would drive unscrupulous clinics out of business. In August, the FDA issued a warning to a stem cell clinic in the Miami, Fla. area commenting, “products that are reliably and carefully developed will be harder to advance if bad actors are able to make hollow claims and market unsafe science.” The FDA announced it will step up enforcement activity beginning this fall.
While the FDA does not regulate autologous stem cells, it’s important to note the FDA does regulate “stem cell-based products.” Stem cell-based products are manufactured and marketed. These cells are derived and processed in a lab, and these products may come from a variety of sources.
Time for Treatment?
Stem cell therapy may help people in any stage of lung disease, from stage 1 COPD to end stage COPD. If you or a loved one has COPD, emphysema, chronic bronchitis or another chronic lung disease, contact us at (800) 729-3065 to learn more about your stem cell treatment options.
The Lung Institute supports National COPD Awareness Month in November sponsored by the US COPD Coalition. November 15 is designated as World COPD Awareness Day.