Italian doctors behind an unproved stem cell therapy face prosecution

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 12 May 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g3163
  1. Fabio Turone
  1. 1 Milan

A group of doctors, scientists, and hospital directors have been accused by the prosecutor of Turin of administering an untested and potentially dangerous treatment involving stem cells to hundreds of people in defiance of safety and administrative regulations.

Twenty people have been accused, including a top official at the Italian Medicines Agency Agenzia Italiana del Farmaco and Davide Vannoni, the self proclaimed inventor of the controversial so called Stamina method that uses mesenchymal stem cells to treat neurological diseases such as metachromatic leukodystrophy and spinal muscular atrophy. The “method” is owned by the private Stamina Foundation.

The prosecutor …

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