Platelet-rich-plasma (PRP) injections are used by orthopedic
doctors to treat bone and joint pain. Blood is drawn from a patient, platelets
are separated from other components of the blood using a centrifuge, then the
platelet-rich blood is injected into arthritic joints. PRP is safer, less
costly, has a more rapid recovery time, and shows promising results.
According to FDA rules, if you remove blood cells from an
individual and implant them back into the same individual during the same surgical procedure, you are exempted from the FDA’s
regulations—but spinning blood in a centrifuge for PRP treatment is not
mentioned explicitly. It’s unclear whether this is a conscious move by the FDA
to make it more difficult and costly to perform PRP treatments, or an error of
Please urge the FDA to clearly indicate that PRP treatments
using in-office centrifuges are exempt from their regulations.
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PRP Treatments Should Be Exempt from FDA Regulation!
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