12 June 2017 After passing the Texas State House of Representatives and Senate unanimously in both cases, House Bill 810 was signed into law by Governor Greg Abbott at 3:49 p.m. on Monday, June 12th, 2017. Named “Charlie’s Law,” after former Texas State Representative Charlie Howard, HB 810 will allow, for the first time ever in the United States — but only in Texas — the treatment of patients with expanded adult stem cells. According to the Texas Legislature Online website: “The bill would amend Health and Safety Code Chapter 1003 to require the Health and Human Services Commission to adopt rules designating medical conditions that are recognized to be a severe chronic disease or a terminal illness. The bill would allow patients with such medical conditions to access and use investigational stem cell treatment if certain requirements have been met.” The new law will take effect on September 1st, 2017.
May 24th, 2017 After passing the Texas House unanimously, HB 810 also passed the Texas Senate unanimously. Next, it goes to Governor Abbott's office to be signed into law. Governor Abbott has already tweeted that he is eager to sign the bill into law. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10213260243599488&set=a.10201180373010273.1073741826.1198779302&type=3&theater Known as "Charlie's Law," in honor of former, and now deceased, Texas State Representative Charlie Howard, this historic achievement marks the first time in the United States that the treatment of patients with expanded adult stem cells will be legal -- however, it will only be legal in the state of Texas.
Next, it will go to the Texas Senate. If signed into law, it will become the first time that adult stem cell therapy is legal in the U.S., but only in the state of Texas. Perhaps other states will then follow. To quote Texas State Representative Tan Parker, one of the authors of the bill: "The adult stem cell is an amazing creation. Every human being is equipped with millions of cells, yet the stem cell is the one cell in your body that has the ability to regenerate, repair, and adapt. Many doctors and researchers all over the world have spent billions of dollars looking for cures to disease and sickness, and yet potential treatments for numerous illnesses are blocked by the FDA, right at our fingertips. Unfortunately, hundreds of patients must travel out of the United States every year to experience the miracles of adult stem cell treatments that are currently prohibited in the U.S. For these reasons, I filed House Bill 810 to break down bureaucratic barriers for Texas to become one of the first states to allow terminally ill and chronically diseased patients to utilize biological, life-saving adult stem cell treatment in a more expedient [...]