Follow the money.
1. MSSOC (Canada) says it will fund $200,000
2. MSSOC (Canada) changes mind, says $200,000 per year of three years
3. Both US and Canadian MSSOCs announce the same $2.4 million, to be divided into 7 studies.
- so if divided equally each study could have $342,857.14
- over 3 years that is $114,285.71 per year per study.
This will not buy coffee for a reasonable sized study.
If only spending $9,523.81 per month, that will not go very far. Seven *very* small studies for 3 years.
But only 3 studies in Canada. That is, $114,285.71 per year for 3 years for three studies. That is roughly $1.028 million for Canada, the rest for the US.
But the MSSOC (Canada) has asked Health Canada for $10M. If divided over the same 7 studies that's $5.7M for the US, and $4.3M for Canada.
But hey, didn't we just give the US taxpayer $5.7 of our hard-earned Canadian taxpayer dollars?
Well, it's all the same disease. They just have more studies than us. But why don't *they* come up with their own $5.7M? They have much more than we do, to start with. Shouldn't they be coming up with 10X our $1M, to fund their own studies? They are getting $5.7M of our money and it's going to extend pretend studies that could never have been finished for the original $2.4M of bi-national MSSOC money. They will be able to finish them now. After 3 years.
Or we could just fund a few of our own, non-CCSVI studies, and melt through the $10M a lot faster. Especially if we don't do anything so rash as a national Liberation trial.
That would probably *end* (and end us) in only a few months, and we'd have to give all that money to individual provinces, and all that that entails. Not so smart.
"Try - Just A Little Bit Harder" - Janis Joplin
CCSVI procedure Albany Aug 2010
'MS' is over - if you want it
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