One woman died and three were critically ill after paying HK$50,000 in October 2012 for "anti-cancer" blood transfusion therapy at a beauty centre. In the procedure, blood is drawn from the patient, then processed to harvest the "cytokine-induced killer cells", or CIK, found in the white blood cells. The CIK cells are multiplied in a culture solution and injected into the patient along with their own blood after two weeks. The founder of the DR beauty company that carried out the treatment, Dr Stephen Chow Heung-wing, has admitted there was no evidence the treatment worked.
Legislators slam revisions to bill proposal and call for stricter rules initially suggested over use of medical devices in cosmetic procedures
Move to amend law and public consultation follow recent case in which a woman died and three others were seriously injured after experimental procedure.
Lawmaker Alice Mak calls on government to hasten regulation of medical beauty industry, as doctor who carried out procedure faces manslaughter charge
The doctor sentenced to 12 years in prison for manslaughter could be further censured by the city’s medical watchdog, says the president of the Medical Association
A beauty chain owner and his technician were jailed for manslaughter on Monday, prompting calls for stricter regulation of Hong Kong’s beauty industry
Judge slams ‘ambitious, empire-building and money-hungry’ doctor for exploiting legal loopholes
Medical entrepreneurship poses new problems for the profession, which dislikes regulation, and for the government, which likes to focus regulation on the public hospital environment and otherwise keep the doctor-patient relationship at arms length, under professional self-regulation. As a result, according to one member of a Food and Health Bureau working group panel set up to investigate medical regulation, there is nothing to define what procedures a doctor can perform outside a hospital.