Patient-Centered Stem Cell Therapy Bill Passed by Texas LegislatureMay 30, 2017
House Bill (HB 810) on stem cell therapy has passed in the Texas legislature sending it to the Governor’s desk to sign into law. Once signed by Governor Greg Abbott, patients in Texas will have access to this “Right to Try” innovative form of therapy for those suffering with debilitating and incurable illnesses.
Rita Alexander, Chief Administrative Officer at StemGenex Medical Group in La Jolla, CA, applauded Texas for this patient-centered legislation and Republican State Rep. Drew Springer, R-Muenster, who strongly advocated for this bill. She noted that over the past three years, “Right to Try” advocates in 33 states have helped enact legislation to eliminate obstacles for terminally ill patients seeking treatments that may not be approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Those advocates are showing considerable momentum in the remaining 17 states, potentially expediting clinical therapies for patients who have limited options.
“At StemGenex, we are committed to helping people achieve optimum health and better quality of life through the healing benefits of their own stem cells,” said Alexander. “Specifically, we use adipose-derived adult stem cell therapy for patients battling conditions such as Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, COPD, Rheumatoid Arthritis and Osteoarthritis. We are also committed to the science of stem cell therapy and sponsor five clinical outcome studies registered with the National Institute of Health (NIH) for these diseases.”
“What I personally witnessed before the start of StemGenex were patients who had exhausted conventional medical treatments but wanted to try alternative therapies. I was one of them, suffering from severe Rheumatoid Arthritis. I had only three options; I could seek a clinical trial, travel to outside of the U.S. to try alternative therapies such as stem cell treatment or petition the FDA for access to drugs under the agency’s “expanded access,” or “compassionate use” program. Now, new state laws, built on model legislation from the Goldwater Institute in Arizona, will potentially allow doctors and patients to make their own informed decisions on treatments that have cleared the safety phase of FDA testing.”
Last year, in a move that was seen by some as a response to Right to Try laws, the 21st Century Cures Act, a landmark piece of legislation focused on medical innovation and medical research, was signed into law by President Obama. This Act provides the FDA with the flexibility to accelerate how it evaluates regenerative medicine treatments, such as stem cell therapies, while maintaining its high standards of safety and efficacy.
“We’re on the cusp of a major change on how patients can access stem cell therapy,” said Alexander. “Today, new treatments and advances in research are giving new hope to people affected by a wide range of autoimmune and degenerative illnesses,” she said. “StemGenex Medical Group is proud to offer the highest quality of care and to potentially help those with unmet clinical needs improve their quality of life.”
To find out if you are a candidate for stem cell treatment, Call (855) 742-7836 to speak with a Patient Advocate or Visit www.StemGenex.com.