A Dozen Hospitalized Over Unapproved Stem Cells

The CDC reports a dozen people have ended up in the hospital with infections after they received contaminated stem cells.  People in Arizona, Florida, and Texas received infusions or injections of stem cell products derived from umbilical cord blood earlier this year.  

The products were contaminated with bacteria.  The stem cell products were processed by San Diego-based Genentech.  

The CDC said the products are not approved by the Food and Drug Administration and are not marketed lawfully.

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