The benefits of cell therapy
The Latin American Stem Cell Society (Solcema) reports that there are currently 75 diseases that are being treated with stem cells
Medical science believes that stem cells are the hope for the future due to their extraordinary ability to repair, replace and regenerate cells that can be used for the treatment of different diseases, even for those that have no cure right now.
Somatic cell therapies, without including transplantation of hematopoietic progenitors or bone marrow that have shown efficacy and safety, are those used for the treatment of burns and cutaneous lesions, chondral lesions in knees or ankles, treatment of corneal lesions, embryo implantation in women with fertility problems and heart valves.
The Latin American Stem Cell Society (Solcema) reports that there are currently 75 diseases that are being treated with stem cells, including all chronic degenerative diseases, autoimmune diseases, autism, Alzheimer's, epilepsy, schizophrenia, AIDS, cancer, and others.
In the Dominican Republic, the right to health is enshrined in the Constitution, where the State must ensure that every person has the right to full health, and provide the means for the prevention and treatment of all diseases. The use of stem cells for therapeutic purposes needs proper authorization, otherwise it is illegal. According to national legislation every health center must be properly authorized in accordance with General Health Law, 42-01.
There is still no rule to regulate and control cell therapy in the country, however, a legal framework for the development and performance of regenerative medicine is being developing, taking into account its worldwide boom and above all, to avoid national misleading advertisement.
Clinical and experimental research for health care is a line of action under General Objective 2.2 of Law 1-12 of the National Development Strategy 2030. The international human rights instruments that are binding on the country oblige States parties to ensure right to preservation of health as far as public resources permit. However, given the novelty, complexity and specificity of advanced therapy, a special rule is needed to establish the statutory regulation of therapeutic options.
The Advisory Committee on Cell Therapies and Regenerative Medicine, an advisory body of the Ministry of Health, identified the different areas and activities associated with cell therapies and regenerative medicine that must be regulated by the Ministry of Health, including basic and clinical research, as well as field of application and scope that should be ruled. It also promotes cross-sector and multidisciplinary interaction on the subject, to obtain timely information from highlevel technical discussion in order to evaluate the health and scientific scenario that unfolds today.
New therapeutic options that lead to the extraction, management and application of cells and open up new possibilities for diseases prevention and cure in the Dominican Republic, are based on existing scientific evidence and new developments in cellular biotechnology.