Respecting the right of terminally ill patients to have access to innovative drugs in development would seem to be a matter of compassion in an otherwise hopeless situation.
Yet, the Food and Drug Administration has a problem allowing anyone to live without its permission. And since the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that patients have no right to use drugs not yet approved by the FDA, the only hope is a legislative remedy or medical treatment outside the United States.
Believe it or not, the FDA does not allow your own stem cells to be removed from your body, cultured and processed, and used for your own therapy. The FDA says your stem cells are chemicals, which it must regulate. Thus many terminally ill patients are forced to leave the country–at least those who can afford to–if they need to seek treatment with their own stem cells.