AUSTIN, Texas, Aug. 28 (UPI) -- The Texas Medical Board is seeking to put restrictions on stem cell transplants, a board member says.
The rule, proposed Friday, classifies stem cell transplants as a medical practice that can only be done by physicians, the Austin (Texas) American-Statesman reported.
The rule further stipulates that doctors who use stem cells for treatment would have to abide by all state and federal laws pertaining to their use, as well as have an accredited, hospital-based or academic establishment review board approve plans for their use.
"The general concern," Dr. Pat Crocker, a board member, said, "is stem cells appear to have a lot of potential but at this point in time the science isn't there to say that this is safe to do outside of investigational studies."
Although the rule is clearly aimed at the use of stem cells, it was written broadly enough to include other experimental products. It would not cover the use of Food and Drug Administration-approved medication for treatments other than their intended use, the newspaper said.