Clinics offering stem cell treatments routinely use professional athletes as spokespersons and imply clinical benefits despite the absence of robust data to support the claims. In the future, regulators should oversee the clinics’ promotional campaigns to ensure the validity of the claims, as well as the safety of consumers.
Open the PDF below for the Health Policy Forum's March 2015 newsletter based on the articles “Professional Athletes and Unproven Stem Cell Treatments” in the November 2014 issue of Texas CEO Magazine and “U.S. National Football League Athletes Seeking Unproven Stem Cell Treatments” in the December 2014 issue of Stem Cells and Development, co-authored by Kirstin R.W. Matthews, Ph.D., and Maude Cuchiara, Ph.D.