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Stem cell guidelines inadequate, docs say

Human embryonic stem cells can become any cell in the body. AFP FILE PHOTO

The new Food and Drug Administration (FDA) guidelines regulating stem cell therapy in the Philippines are “sorely inadequate and grossly misleading,” according to a group of doctors.

Posted: September 25th, 2013 in Latest Business Stories | Read More »

Stem cell therapy–how profitable?

THE ESTABLISHMENT at Katipunan Ave. in Quezon City.

You feel like you have entered an attractive boutique hotel in miniature; everything is neat, clean, almost spotless and sparkling.

Posted: March 25th, 2013 in Headlines | Read More »

What we should know about stem cell treatment in the PH

Dr. Bernal accepting the 2012 Presidential Award for Filipino Individuals and Organizations Overseas at the Malacañang Palace. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

In recent years, it’s common to hear beauty doctors in the Philippines offering stem cell therapy as if a new-found medical fountain of youth, the answer to all medical worries.

Posted: January 30th, 2013 in Latest Business Stories,Science and Health | Read More »

DOH warns public vs stem cell therapies

Health Secretary Enrique Ona

Health Secretary Enrique Ona on Friday warned the public against stem cell therapies, which are becoming popular here and abroad.

Posted: October 20th, 2012 in Latest Business Stories,Science and Health | Read More »

Rejoinder on stem cell treatment


We’ve received quite a number of reactions regarding our article on stem cell therapy two weeks ago. Dr. Ramon Abarquez Jr., whose comments on the real status of this promising but still experimental form of therapy we extensively quoted in that column, told me he was politely confronted by several well-meaning colleagues who did not share his viewpoint.

Posted: August 3rd, 2012 in Columnists,Featured Columns,Inquirer Columns,Inquirer Features,Science and Health | Read More »

Health Secretary Ona wants curbs on stem-cell therapy

Health Secretary Enrique Ona

It is the secret to the vitality of some of the country’s famous senior citizens, among them 88-year-old Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile and 75-year-old former President Joseph Estrada.

Posted: July 21st, 2012 in Latest Business Stories,Science and Health | Read More »

PH leads way to stem cell therapy

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THE WORKSHOP for Implementing International Accreditation Standards for Small HealthCare Organizations was successfully held last May 7 and 8 at the MediCard Lifestyle Center in Makati City. Shown in photo are NABH International faculties (front row, fourth to sixth from left) Dr. Antony Basile, Dr. Arati Verma and Joyce-Socao-Alumno, executive director of HealthCORE along with the participants: (front row, from left) Cheran Martin (Primarycare Plus), Marinel Solano (MediCard), Mia Boquiron (MediCard), Dr. Elenita Simundac-Daco (Westlake Med. Center), Ma. Veronica Edades (MediCard), Sharry Sta. Ana (MediCard), Jane Fallesgon (MediCard); (second row, from left) Dr. Ma. Olive Lazo (Patient First Med. Center), Dr. Generose Anteojo (Patient First Med. Center), Louise Marie Flores (ANSAP), Marie Therese Pacabis (ANSAP), Maria Linda Buhat (ANSAP) Dr. Gil Yarra (ICOHNS-Davao), Beverly Lozanes (MediCard), Marisciel Santisteban (MediCard), Dr. Catherine Jimenez (MediCard), Ray Intia (MediCard); (third row, from left) Dr. Nicky Montoya (MediCard), Nobell Isabelo (Antipolo Dist. Hospital), Dr. Pascual Pattaui (Taguig Dist. Hospital / St. Therese Multi-Specialty Services), Dr. Basilio Basilio, Jr. (Antipolo Dist. Hospital / St. Therese Multi-Specialty Services), Nilda Silvera (DOH), Dr. Arnel Enriquez (St. Anthony Med. Center), Engr. Roland Atienza (DOH). Not in photo: Lorena Nash (MediCard), Janet Toribio (St. Anthony Med. Center). For the schedule of upcoming workshops, please visit www.healthcore.com.ph.

Of course, other leading medical institutions in the country are also beefing up their facilities that involved stem cell-based therapy. In line with the 2015 mission of the Makati Medical Center, the hospital recently inaugurated the Cellular Therapeutics Lab (located at the 6th floor of Tower 2) that is set to give hope to those with cancer, diabetes Type 1, neurologic diseases and joints disorders. “Before we could even convince patients, we need to assure them that their cells will be processed by one of the most experienced staff and advanced facilities in the region.We offer ultraclean room facility (class 100) that can handle cell-based products and culture facility; sophisticated procedure to isolate stem cell (magneticactivated cell sorting); meticulous quality control and documentation; high-end equipment that are operated by experienced scientists; and established system to monitor the patient’s progress,” enumerated Dr. Eric Flores, head of MMC Cellular Therapeutics Laboratory.

Posted: May 26th, 2012 in Latest Business Stories,Science and Health | Read More »



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