Govt seeks to define stem cells as drug, regulate use in therapy

MUMBAI: The Union health ministry has proposed an amendment to the Drugs and Cosmetics Act that may finally bring stem cells and cell-based products under the ambit of the law. Interestingly, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) — an arm of the health ministry that has been at the forefront of demanding stringent rules for stem cell use and even formulated guidelines last year — was apparently not consulted.

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