The FDA has asserted that stem cells, are in fact drugs and are subject to its regulatory oversight. Bare in mind that stems cells are produced by your body naturally.
Its surely a controversy to consider. The FDA's attempt to regulate the Centeno-Schultz Clinic in Colorado that performs a nonsurgical stem cell therapy called Regenexx-C is designed to treat moderate to severe joint, tendon, ligament and bone paint by using adult stem cells.
The process of harvesting your stem cells works in a process that is harmless. Doctors draw your blood and spin it in a centrifuge and extract the stem cells. Then they re-inject them back into your damaged whatever. It doesn't use any drugs, its quick and simple. So why does the FDA want to regulate it?
They are arguing that since stem cells are drugs, they fall under FDA regulation because the clinic is engaging in interstate commerce. I guess that's only in the states. Stem cell treatment clinics elsewhere around the world probably don't have to go through this sort of regulatory process. [ANH-USA via Slash Gear]