Apex Biologix is a Utah company that deals in regenerative medicine equipment. They are doing very well for one simple reason: demand for regenerative medicine procedures like platelet-rich plasma (PRP) and stem cell therapy is very strong. Along with their sister organization – the Advanced Regenerative Medicine Institute – Apex Biologix actively advocates for regenerative medicine in the U.S.
As a regenerative medicine procedure, stem cell therapy is commonly used in this country to treat things like sports injuries and osteoarthritis. Aesthetic physicians combine it with PRP therapy to treat alopecia and rejuvenate the skin.
Such procedures are both safe and legal as long as clinicians follow established FDA regulations regarding autologous, minimally manipulated biological material. However, not all clinicians do things the same way. If you have been going to the same clinic for a while but are now having second thoughts, here are five signs suggesting it might be time to look for a new clinic:
1. Miracle Promises
Despite how much we know about stem cell therapies, there is still a lot we do not know. As such, it is neither ethically responsible nor good business to promote stem cell therapy as a miracle cure for anything and everything. Clinicians know better. They should offer treatment only with the understanding that it may or may not work. If your doctor is promising miracles, it is time to move on.
2. Lack of Training
It is both appropriate and encouraged for patients to ask their doctors about training. There are right and wrong ways to apply regenerative medicine therapies, and doing it right requires training. It might be time to look for a new clinic if your current doctor hasn’t received any formal training from a respected provider.
3. Lack of Transparency
Before you agree to any regenerative medicine procedure, it is important that you sit down and discuss things thoroughly with the provider. Your doctor should be completely transparent about safety, efficacy, cost, etc. Any lack of transparency suggests he/she might be hiding something. Don’t take any chances. Start searching for a new clinic not afraid to be transparent.
4. Poor Standards of Care
Every medical facility, regardless of size or the scope of its services, is required by law to maintain a certain standard of care. Doctors and nurses are required to conduct procedures safely. They are required to maintain hygiene, prevent the spread of disease, and so forth.
Any clinic found to have poor standards of care should be avoided entirely. This goes way beyond regenerative medicine. Poor standards of care present an unnecessary risk to patient and doctor alike.
5. A Poor Track Record
Stem cell clinics with poor track records should be avoided. For example, a clinic that has had previous and repeated run-ins with the FDA has demonstrated a propensity to do things outside of established rules. One or two issues are not necessarily a problem if the clinic in question has rectified them and made peace with the FDA. But a clinic with a history of repeated FDA contacts is one you do not want to get involved with.
For every clinic not worth visiting, there are many others that are. Don’t let news stories convince you that all of regenerative medicine is bad. It is not. Instead, do your homework and dig around until you find a clinic that is transparent, has a good track record, and offers excellent standards of care. If your current clinic is guilty of any of the five things mentioned in this post, you should probably look elsewhere for your next procedure.