Lawrence R. "Larry" Stowe is an unlicensed American medical practitioner. Until April 2010, Stowe operated Stowe Biotherapy in La Mesa, California. Stowe offered "biotherapy" consisting of a mixture of treatments he called "applied biologics" that included supplements, vaccines, as well as patient specific factors and stem cells, promising to heal amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, a.k.a. Lou Gehrig's Disease) and multiple sclerosis sufferers, enabling the ability to walk.
On April 15, 2010 CBS' 60 Minutes ran an expose of Stowe's and accomplice Dr. Frank Morales' promises to ALS patients. CBS reported that the United States Food and Drug Administration was investigating Stowe but that the FDA would not give specific details.
On November 10, Stowe and his accomplice were indicted on 24 counts of mail fraud and illegally manufacturing, distributing unapproved new drugs. Stowe's accomplice, Francisco Morales, was arrested. Stowe had escaped and a warrant was out for his arrest. A few days after the indictment was unsealed in late December 2011, Stowe turned himself in and was released on $5,000 bond.  Francisco Morales was sentenced in this case to 60 months in federal prison by Judge Gray H. Miller on January 16, 2014 in Southern District of Texas. On May 2, 2014 Judge Gray H. Miller sentenced Lawrence Stowe to 78 months in federal prison followed by a three-year supervised release. According to Bureau of Prisons (BOP) online information, Francisco Morales is currently being held at Bastrop FCI (release date 04/24/2018) and Lawrence Stowe is at Springfield MCFP where prisoners with medical needs are usually held (release date 02/20/2020). Both federal prisons are listed as minimum security and have adjacent camp facilities. Court records show that Lawrence Stowe has filed an appeal.
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