Seattle-based company US Stemology must pay $500,000 in restitution to patients after offering unproven stem cell treatments they claimed could treat serious medical conditions, according to Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson's Office (AG).
The company is also not allowed to advertise, market or receive any payment for the treatments.
Ferguson filed a lawsuit against the company in March, alleging the company claimed the stem cell injections could treat COVID-19, asthma, lupus, Parkinson's disease, congestive heart failure and multiple sclerosis. However, there is no reliable clinical evidence stem cell therapy can treat those conditions, according to the AG's office.
The company was first reported to the AG's office after making claims that stem cell treatments could act as a "personalized vaccine against getting sick with COVID-10," and that a "critically ill" COVID-19 patient got better after receiving stem cell treatments during the early stages of the pandemic.
The company took down the advertising after receiving a cease and desist letter from the AG's office.
While investigating the consumer complaint, the AG's office also discovered the company claimed it could... see more