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Ohio Takes Action against the CBD Industry

Ohio Takes Action against the CBD Industry

The Ohio Board of Pharmacy has just passed a regulation that CBD products can only be sold in state licensed dispensaries. Here is the new regulation. https://assets.documentcloud.org/documents/4793384/Clarification-on-CBD-Oil.pdf Although around 50 licenses have been issued, currently there are no dispensaries in operation and it is estimated that it will take many months before the dispensaries pass the necessary inspections to operate. So what happens until the dispensaries open? Here’s what the board says: “Until dispensaries are operational, no one, including board…

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King Canute and why the FDA will never stop the private stem cell clinics

King Canute and why the FDA will never stop the private stem cell clinics

The FDA will never stop the private stem cell clinics and King Canute tells us why

Some perspective on private stem cell clinics and the FDA’s response

Some perspective on private stem cell clinics and the FDA’s response

the FDA has bigger fish to fry than making a massive move against the for profit stem cell clinics

Some things in the private stem cell clinic debate are complicated, but some aren’t

Some things in the private stem cell clinic debate are complicated, but some aren’t

I am a believer and advocate that patients should have the freedom to use their own processed and expanded stem cells. That should mean that I support US Stem Cell Clinic’s fight against the FDA’s injunction action. But I don’t. I just can’t get past the fact that this Florida stem cell operation allowed a nurse practitioner to inject stem cells into several patients’ eyeballs which resulted in total or partial blindness. A nurse practitioner! Legal though it may have…

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Update on the FDA’s Stem Cell Injunction Cases

Update on the FDA’s Stem Cell Injunction Cases

Watching a federal civil case progress is usually about as interesting as watching grass grow, except that grass grows faster. It’s been around three months since the FDA filed permanent injunction actions against the country’s two most notorious stem cell clinics/networks, California Stem Cell Treatment Center/Cell Surgical Network and US Stem Cell Clinic and network. The most interesting thing about the cases so far is what hasn’t happened. The FDA has not filed a motion for a preliminary injunction in…

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It’s Surprisingly Quiet on the California Vaccine Front

It’s Surprisingly Quiet on the California Vaccine Front

It has now been two years since California rescinded the PBE (Personal Belief Exemption) for vaccinating school kids (SB 277). Let’s take a quick look back and see what can be learned from what has and hasn’t happened. 1. The Legal Challenges to the law were a complete bust From the get-go, I was extremely critical of the lawsuits challenging the law. (See my earliest posts in the SB 277 section of this web site). The bottom line was/is that…

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Can a doctor recommend medical marijuana for a five-year-old in California?

Can a doctor recommend medical marijuana for a five-year-old in California?

That’s the question that will be answered in a California medical board case I am trying this week in downtown Los Angeles. Back in 1996, California became the first state to allow for a doctor to recommend medical marijuana for patients with serious medical conditions. There was a lot of confusion initially as to what was required to issue the recommendation without getting into board trouble. The California law (called prop 215) by its terms granted physicians immunity from prosecution…

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Is CBD Oil Legal?

Is CBD Oil Legal?

The CBD oil business has exploded in the last couple of years. I was at an integrative medical conference in New York City back in February and I asked a few CBD oil vendors whether their product was legal. They all assured me that their product was legal, some claiming that it was legal because it contained less than 0.3 percent THC, while others said it was legal because it contained no THC. That didn’t sound right to me. I…

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Federal “right to try” is law! Now what?

Federal “right to try” is law! Now what?

Last week, Pres. Trump signed the federal right to try law. So what happens next? Meaning, who is it going to affect and how big of a difference is it going to make in the lives of the terminally ill and those without any other therapeutic option. Why a federal law was needed? As most of you know, a majority of states have already passed a right to try law. The problem with just having the law on a state…

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Criminal prosecution was not a concern or consideration in Regenerative Sciences’ decision to stop treating patients in its case way back then

Criminal prosecution was not a concern or consideration in Regenerative Sciences’ decision to stop treating patients in its case way back then

In an earlier post discussing the decision making facing the US Stem Cells and California Stem Cell Treatment Center folks, I discussed the Regenerative Sciences case in which the district court granted the government’s summary judgement motion to bar the company from providing its expanded stem cells to patients (which decision was affirmed by the Court of Appeals.) I related that the company agreed to stop treating patients with the contested procedurevery early on, pending the outcome of the injunction…

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