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For the Same Surgical Procedure Autologous Stem Cell Transplant Crowd, Big Decisions are a-coming

For the Same Surgical Procedure Autologous Stem Cell Transplant Crowd, Big Decisions are a-coming

If you are in the business of providing autologous stem cell transplants during the same surgical procedure for therapeutic purposes, the next couple of months are going to be very consequential for you because of the decisions in the two big cases in the field. The appeal of the US Stem cell case is now under consideration by the appellate court. Oral argument was held on January 13th. By some accounts, the judges gave the government a hard time. But…

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Stem Cell End of the Year Legal Update

Stem Cell End of the Year Legal Update

As those in the field remember, in the fall of 2017,  with greatest of largesse, the FDA proclaimed that it would exercise its enforcement discretion and give all but the most egregious/dangerous private stem cell clinics three years to come into compliance with its view that autologous based stem cells, even if administered during the “same surgical procedure” were in violation of the FDA’s revised interpretation of its 21 CFR 1271 regulations. The FDA’s reimaged view of its power to…

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The FDA’s California stem cell case has a new trial date, sort of

The FDA’s California stem cell case has a new trial date, sort of

When last I reported on the FDA’s injunction action against the California stem cell treatment operation, the judge had adjourned the July trial date because of the recent alarming uptick in COVID-19 cases in the area. The court ordered the parties to confer and come up with a new proposed date in November or thereafter. The defense’s response to the order was unusual. It attempted to seek an earlier remote video trial. The judge was not prepared to do that…

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Stem Cell Breaking News: Cali Stem Cell Trial Adjourned until Sometime After November

Stem Cell Breaking News: Cali Stem Cell Trial Adjourned until Sometime After November

Yesterday, California federal district court judge Jesus G. Bernal on his own adjourned the the FDA’s trial against Cell Surgical Network (“CSN”) and their owners Mark Berman and Elliot Lander. The parties were ordered to meet and confer about a new trial date to take place after November, 2020. The trial had been scheduled to commence on July 28th. Because of my deep interest in the case, I have been checking the Riverside Ca. Covid-19 numbers and once the numbers…

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Stem Cell Shocker: Cali. Federal Judge Denies the FDA Summary Judgement and Orders a Trial in the Cell Surgical Network Case

Stem Cell Shocker: Cali. Federal Judge Denies the FDA Summary Judgement and Orders a Trial in the Cell Surgical Network Case

Ok, let me get this out of the way up front. I predicted publicly and privately that the California federal court judge would follow the reasoning and result of the Florida federal judge who granted summary judgement to the FDA and issued a permanent injunction barring the Florida stem cell operation from using its SVF (stromal vascular fraction) product in humans. I am very happy to report that I was wrong, (at least for now and until there is a…

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FDA v. California Stem Cell case update

FDA v. California Stem Cell case update

Honestly, I lost interest in this case after the federal judge in the Florida US Stem Cell case granted summary judgement to the FDA and issued a permanent injunction barring the use of the stem cell/SVF product, which is basically the same stuff used by the California group. I assumed that the California federal judge would agree with the Florida judge. I am still making that assumption, but I did learn a few interesting things from my cursory review of…

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The US Stem Cell Judge Denies the Motions to Intervene by the SVF Owners Subject to….?

The US Stem Cell Judge Denies the Motions to Intervene by the SVF Owners Subject to….?

On July 31st, the US Stem Cell judge issued an “Omnibus Order” denying “without prejudice” all of the SVF’s Motions to Intervene in the case. Here is her order: orderdenyingintervention What is happening is confusing, even to an FDA litigator like me. But, for what it’s worth, here is my explanation of what’s going on and why we’re here, (whereever “here” is). First, I think that neither party specifically informed the judge that the company was banking SVF product for…

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Should you be worried if you banked your SVF/Stem Cells?

Should you be worried if you banked your SVF/Stem Cells?

The injunction entered by the Florida federal district court judge in the US Stem Cell case ordered the company to destroy all of the SVF product which it was storing for their patients and SVF banking customers. I did not think that was right, in large part because the owners of the stored product were not parties to that lawsuit. See my previous post: http://rickjaffeesq.com/2019/07/22/breaking-new-on-the-us-stem-cell-case-svf-destruction-order-stayed-and-svf-owners-intervene-in-the-suit/ here is the final injunction order: permanentinjunctionorder The basis of the judge’s destruction order was…

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Breaking New on the US Stem Cell Case: SVF Destruction Order Stayed and SVF Owners Intervene in the Suit

Breaking New on the US Stem Cell Case: SVF Destruction Order Stayed and SVF Owners Intervene in the Suit

Last week was busy in the US Stem Cell case and some much needed help arrived. First, to their credit, the defendants in the case moved to stay the SVF destruction order for the product it was banking for patients/customers. Although the judge was skeptical that these people had a prioprietary interest in their banked SVF product, she did grant the stay, on technical grounds, basically saying that she’ll continue the stay until the later of the expiration of the…

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Chaos, Unfairness and Illegality in the US Stem Cell Case

Chaos, Unfairness and Illegality in the US Stem Cell Case

I have been following and writing about the US Stem case (and the FDA’s parallel California case) since the company received its warning letter and throughout the litigation. Last month, the judge issued the final injunction order. Here it is: permanentinjunctionorder The order, among other things, mandates the destruction of all SVF product in the defendants’ possession, which destruction is to be supervised by the FDA. (page 9, paragraph 10) That caught me by surprise. I might have missed something…

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