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americans forced overseas for advanced medical treatments


2004-11-09 01:03:18

US patients are going offshore for cancer vaccines and stem cell treatments.



By Daniel P. Saviano MD MBA PHD American Board of Stem Cell Medicine, inc. 1 773 244 9651

Patients facing terminal or incurrable diseases are being forced overseas to obtain advanced biological
and immunological therapies. Lack of profitable business models, byzantine regulatory processes, and
lack of access to late phase drug trials are preventing desperate patients access to potentially life saving
treatments. In addition, political controversies surrounding stem cells are preventing research and
access to essentially harmless, but life saving therapies.

Helping to fill the void, biotechnology companies, venture capitalists and clinicians are setting up
clinics around the world offering the same same treatments found at america’s most prestigious
institutions, such as MD ANDERSON, SLOAN KETTERING, MAYO CLINIC and others . Experimental
treatments such as cancer vaccines, immunological adoptive therapies, stem cell treatments
and other highly effective experimental treatments are being offered as personalized treatments worldwide.

The FDA has been viewed as part if not all of the problem by many researchers and patients. Because of the
immense expense of bringing drugs and treatments to market, as well as, the huge liability involved to pharmaceutical
companies, many promising treatments are left unfunded and unavailable , despite their low side effect profiles. In
addtion, the FDA tightly controls access to drug trials, even late phase trials where side effects are minimal. A recent
phase 3 trial for prostate cancer vaccines had 10,000 applicants for 50 positions, despite the fact the only side effects were
runny nose and joint pains.

Private consulting firms are answering the call, helping desparate patients locate private clinics offering advanced treatments
throughout the world. Advanced cellular therapies, cancer vaccines and stem cell therapies are being offered in the
Bahamas, Mexico, Europe , South America and Asia. Even embryonic and adult stem cell treatments are being
offered outside of the US free from the stigma and controversy.

In addition, most clinics describe their treatments as alternative or complimentary, this despite the fact
that these treatments are found at our most prestigious institutions and being offered to select, fortunate patients.

One organization, The American Board of Stem Cell Medicine, inc. was formed by physicians, scientists, entrepreneurs,
lawyers and regulators helping formulate and standardize treatments, organize funding, help push therapies through the
FDA and a variety of other activities in the area of stem cell and cellular medicine. Physicians in the organizations get
first hand information of the various experimental treatments outside the US. Members evaluate, discuss and benchmark
treatments while providing information to members and patients. Information can be obtained by calling 1 773 244 9651 or emailing . Daniel P Saviano MD president . American Board of STem Cell Medicine, inc ,

For more details: 1773 244 9651

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