Receiving Campath before it is approved for ms?

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Receiving Campath before it is approved for ms?

Postby alexisss » Mon Nov 26, 2007 10:40 am

I may be mistaken but I think I heard of some people being prescribed Rituxan in the past to treat their ms even if it hasn't been officially approved for ms yet. I know that Campath can have some pretty serious potential side effects. My question is; do you think someone could ever be able to receive a prescription for Campath before it is officially approved for ms?


I do not qualify to be in the Campath trial and I have had RRMS for a long time. I will have to look into the previous trials of Campath to see if people who have had RRMS for around 10-16 years participated in past trials of Campath. I would like to see how they did. I do know that those with SPMS didn't do well on Campath and it seems that the earlier you are put on the drug, the better your results are. I worry that by the time Campath is approved, I might already have moved to SPMS.
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Postby gibbledygook » Tue Nov 27, 2007 5:47 am

Private doctors can prescribe pretty much anything even before it's been "approved" by government bureaucracies. I can't think how you could otherwise get a prescription since doctors which are governed by public sector rules simply cannot do anything but the "approved" thing. :(
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Postby alexisss » Wed Nov 28, 2007 10:54 am

gibbledygook wrote:Private doctors can prescribe pretty much anything even before it's been "approved" by government bureaucracies. I can't think how you could otherwise get a prescription since doctors which are governed by public sector rules simply cannot do anything but the "approved" thing. :(




Thanks for your answer! It's pretty much what I was thinking
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