The FDA has to take its foot of the brakes and lift the hold. ACTC should be able to start the human trials.
The USA is losing ground and jobs every day.
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As a sufferer of macular degeneration, I wait impatiently for clinical trials to begin so that they can expand them to dry AMD. I've thought of calling my senators to have them inquire about the hold up, but I don't they would interfere with FDA. I just hope gets moving before I totally lose my central vision.
The countries with the best track record for conducting clinical trials without regard to protecting profits of the Pharmaceutical Drug Cartel are Russia and South Korea. They have good ethical boards and don't make decisions to protect profits of existing drug companies as our FDA does.
Case in point was the FDA ban on Red Yeast Rice because it was identical to an existing Pharmaceutical cholesterol lowering drug. Instead of invalidating the patent on the drug because it was an exact copy of a botanical plant extract which by law they should have as you cannot patent compounds that exist naturally in nature, they instead put a complete ban on the sale and importation of Red Yeast Rice. The makers of the supplement had to sue the FDA in court to get the order overturned. Which is eventually was overturned. But, the FDA never called for the invalidation of the patent on the drug was that was nothing more than a simple copy of a plant compound that had been used in Chinese traditional medicine for ''centuries''.
Nope, no more patience with the FDA. The damage they are creating with their risk free approach is unacceptable. The USA has to take reasonable risks to stay ahead of the field. Sooner or later they will approve, but later is causing too much damage to the greater picture.