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Costa Rica cracks down on controversial practice of stem-cell treatments

Friday, June 24, 2011


Costa Rica, increasingly known as a haven for medical tourism, is putting a stop to one controversial practice.

The health ministry last month ordered the country's largest stem cell clinic to stop offering treatments, arguing there is no evidence that the treatments work or are safe.

The clinic's owner, Arizona entrepreneur Neil Riordan, told Reuters he closed the clinic and admitted the treatments, involving the removal and re-injection of stem cells, had not been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration.

Original source: Inside Costa Rica