In the judgment issued on February 16, the forum cited specific guidelines of the ministry of health and family welfare on stem cell therapy. The forum upheld how use of the procedure for any purpose outside the domain of clinical trials was considered unethical.
Chandra Shekar T was approached by an employee of Vibes Health Care Limited two years ago when he visited its Banjara Hills branch along with his sister. The employee requested him to undergo a hair loss treatment and convinced him that ‘hair stem cell therapy’ was hassle-free without side effects. He was assured of 100% hair growth post-treatment that was extended for a 50% discount. Chandra Sekhar was asked to pay Rs 50,000 for the procedure comprising 10 sittings.
In his deposition, the complainant said he signed up for the programme, but noticed no improvement even after seven sittings. “The complainant got devastated when he found no improvement,” the judgement notes, adding how he also suffered side effects like nausea and dizziness, which consequently led to more hair fall. “Realising he was cheated, he deterred himself from the treatment and requested the centre to refund money. As he did not get a reply from the centre after multiple attempts, he filed this complaint,” the order reads.
In its defence, the centre and its employees argued they did not assure the complainant of complete hair growth.
Not amused with their argument, the bench maintained the centre and its employees indulged in “unfair trade practice” and directed them to refund the fee and pay compensation. They have been given a time period of 30 days to comply with the order.
Beauty biz’s ugly underbelly: Tummy tuck, hair transplant often quack job
TNN | Jan 25, 2017, 01.30 AM IST
HYDERABAD: A boom in the medical aesthetic industry in the state has led to a mushrooming of cosmetology clinics, but these are opening doors to quacks and triggering botched plastic surgeries. Consumers are tricked by unscrupulous practitioners and unqualified beauty centres peddling copycat treatments.
Pressing panic buttons, Telangana Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons (APRAS-Telangana and Andhra Pradesh) shot off a letter to Medical Council of India to expedite action against unqualified surgeons performing critical plastic surgeries, including liposuction, hair transplant and breast implants.
In a letter submitted last week, the association said some surgeries mandate only trained practitioners for the job, but quacks are making quick money.
“These clinics are hiring OT technicians of senior plastic surgeons and making them perform the procedures. This is unethical. Also, they are illegally flaunting the APRAS tag,” said the letter.
MCI guidelines clearly state doctors or diploma holders should not advertise fake degrees. “We have served notices on around 20 people, who are performing surgeries without being qualified plastic surgeons. But action-taken is not swift,” said Dr E Ravindra Reddy, MCI (Telangana). Some have been summoned, while some are sitting pretty. Customers should also understand the difference between qualified plastic surgeons and those simply claiming to have fake diplomas,” he said.