MegansMom wrote:I guess this is good news, but hey, I wouldn't want to be one of the sham procedure patients.
I guess its good if you don't have health insurance because they sure will have to be covering the procedure cost. But asking people to get a venogram twice is a lot to ask.
If I had the anomaly I would want it fixed pronto! Afterall we are talking about potential Brain damage and MS progression without venous impairment repair.
Bravo to those brave enough to join this study!
Without clinical trials, there would always be questions as to the efficacy of treatment. It is a necessary evil, in my opinion.
People had monthly IV's of fake Tysabri and fake Novantrone, and in the CRABs, people injected themselves weekly with saline. The risks of IV's and many injections and other risks to the placebo group are shouldered every day in the name of scientific method.
This is not so unusual or outrageous. It's par for the course for scientific research. MSer's in the gamma interferon trial on the real drug made their MS WORSE by receiving the active ingredient before the trial was halted. We NEED this kind of information to know the validity/risks of a treatment. Many more MSer's would have tried gamma interferon if it hadn't needed to go through a trial first and determined to be harmful.
Yes, definitely we need to appreciate those who are willing to participate in blinded trials because there are sometimes risks involved in the name of furthering research and protecting the larger patient population.