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Iowa attorney general sues Nebraska firm over stem cell claims

By: - July 16, 2020 10:53 am

An Iowa attorney is facing a possible revocation of his law license for allegedly misappropriating client funds and neglecting clients’ legal matters. (Photo by Getty Images)

Attorney General Tom Miller has sued an Omaha-based stem cell therapy center, saying it has misrepresented the benefits of the procedures.

In a lawsuit filed Thursday in Polk County District Court, Miller alleges that Regenerative Medicine and Anti-Aging Institutes of Omaha claimed in extensive advertising and 90 events in Iowa that the therapy could reverse aging and cure chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, neuropathy, and Alzheimer’s disease, among other illnesses. The lawsuit covers evidence from April 2018 through September 2019.

Procedures cost $1,400 to more than $27,000 and are not covered by health insurance. 

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved stem cell therapy to treat patients with blood-production disorders, but research into uses for treating other illnesses have not been established as safe and effective at this point, Miller said. 

“Stem cells hold great potential to treat or even cure diseases, but some providers are exploiting that promise to make misleading and unfounded claims,” Miller said in an statement. “The defendants are an example of the ‘unscrupulous providers’ that the FDA and others have warned consumers about.” 

Miller’s office is seeking an injunction against the defendants, restitution, and civil penalties. Nebraska Attorney General Doug Peterson filed a similar lawsuit Thursday against the company.

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