Preying on Public Fears and Anxieties in a Pandemic: Businesses Selling Unproven and Unlicensed “Stem Cell Treatments” for COVID-19

Leigh Turner

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In the midst of a global public health emergency, some businesses are taking advantage of widespread fears by marketing purported stem cell treatments for COVID-19. Such businesses target prospective clients with misleading claims, expose patients to potentially risky stem cell-based products, and undermine efforts to develop evidence-based treatments for COVID-19.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)806-810
Number of pages5
JournalCell Stem Cell
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 4 2020

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L.T. has reported to the FDA numerous businesses selling unlicensed and unproven stem cell interventions. On a pro bono basis, L.T. filed an expert opinion report and rebuttal report supporting plaintiffs in a lawsuit filed against a business marketing purported stem cell interventions. L.T. was also deposed in this case and was examined and cross-examined in a court hearing. This work was also conducted on a pro bono basis. L.T. is a member of the International Society for Cell and Gene Therapy and a member of the International Society for Stem Cell Research.

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