In the middle of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) public health response, many priorities are currently competing for the attention of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Some of these are directly related to the pandemic, but others have been challenging issues for years. Over the past several years, hundreds of clinics across the US have been offering unproven regenerative medicine therapies to patients for the treatment of conditions ranging from aging to arthritis to autism.1,2 Some of these same clinics are now offering similar unproven products for the treatment of complications of COVID-19 and are making claims that are simply not supported by compelling clinical data. Overall, the safety and efficacy of regenerative medicine products outside a narrow range of indications have yet to be demonstrated.3
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Marks PW, Hahn S. Identifying the Risks of Unproven Regenerative Medicine Therapies. JAMA. 2020;324(3):241–242. doi:10.1001/jama.2020.9375
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