Seeking Novel Treatments Abroad. Stem Cell Tourism: Risks, Legal Issues and Mitigation – Proceeding of the STEMSO Conference

    February 2014
    Cross-border travel by patients seeking medical treatment has grown significantly in the past decade. Increasingly, medical tourists are seeking access to treatments that are not yet fully recognized as safe and effective in a patient’s home country, such as certain types of stem cell treatments. However, stem cell tourism poses potential risks and legal issues. This article, written by Squire Sanders partner Scott A. Edelstein and healthcare fellow Lindsay P. Holmes and available on the CellR4 website, addresses those issues and provides mitigation strategies for healthcare providers to allow patients access to desired treatments while limiting risks and exposure to liability.