Q. Are stem cell injections approved by the FDA to treat orthopedic conditions we routinely treat?
A. The answer is no, they are not. But, the FDA does not approve treatments of disease. They approve medicines and devices used to treat patients. They are charged to protect the public from the harmful use of devices–such as surgical instruments or centrifuges that spin your cells–from ever reaching the doctor’s office or hospital where patients are treated. They are also charged to make sure the medicine supply doctors use to treat their patients is safe and is transported safely across state lines.