Senator Young, District 18 — Press Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 5, 2018
State Senator Dana Young Files Legislation to Crack Down on For-profit Stem-cell Clinics Preying on Seniors & Vulnerable Floridians
State Senator Dana Young (R-Tampa) today filed Senate Bill 1508, in an effort to crack down on for-profit stem-cell clinics that are preying on Florida seniors and other vulnerable Floridians.
SB 1508, relating to use of stem cells in a clinic setting, would require stem-cell clinics to register with the Department of Health (DOH); mandate each clinic have a designated physician on staff responsible for complying with all requirements related to registration and operation of the clinic; direct DOH to inspect registered clinics annually; dictate the board of medicine to adopt rules governing advertising by stem-cell clinics and informed consent guidelines; and allow DOH to impose an administrative fine up to $5,000 per violation.
“Through investigative reporting I have learned about the many Floridians who have been badly affected by unregulated, and often questionable, alternative forms of stem-cell treatment offered in Florida stem-cell clinics. One instance was so severe the patient was blinded. It is clear something has to be done,” said Senator Young. “These for-profit stem-cell clinics have cropped up all over the country, particularly here in Florida, and are preying on our seniors and other vulnerable Floridians.”
“SB 1508 will provide much-needed protection for Floridians, as well as those who travel to Florida to seek stem-cell treatment, by putting guidelines and safety standards in place to guarantee these alternative stem-cell treatments are properly and safely administered and these for-profit stem-cell clinics are inspected and held to a higher standard.”
“I look forward to working with my colleagues in the Senate and in the House this legislative session to make this legislation a reality.”
Representative Jason Brodeur (R-Sanford) said, “It’s the duty of the elected officials to protect the most vulnerable. These fly by night clinics that do not provide the highest standard of care will finally have the oversight Floridians deserve.” The companion bill in the Florida House of Representatives sponsored by Rep. Brodeur is House Bill 1185.
To read the bills Senator Young has filed in full, please visit FLSenate.gov/Senators/S18.