That's at least $125,000,000 so far.
If each of these 12,500 is taking a DMD that costs $1,000 per month (a VERY low estimated cost) for one year the cost is $150,000,000.
So what's your point?
That this is expensive?
That people are being ripped off?
That you think the money would be better spent somewhere else?
I understand that you want to see a full blown, double blind, placebo controlled, clinical study to prove that CCSVI exists...and then another one to see if treating it is a valid option.
I am not smart enough to figure out how such a study would be carried out....or even get approval from an IRB for the invasive procedure being done on the non-treated controls....
Correct me if I'm wrong, but for the study to be blinded to the patients, wouldn't both sets (treated and non-treated) have to be fully under sedation and good luck getting approval for that
All I know is that none of the DMD's work for my wife....so the time she was on Beta-seron and then copaxone was just money and time down the drain .....and cost us significantly more than the procedure is going to
Great post bigfoot41 ...
That financial stuff is straight off of Colin Rose's blog ... he's big into pointing that out, and so to are his minions. (even though not everyone is paying 10,000$ for the procedure, considering vascular disease is covered by most insurance carriers in the US) I think the point is to show how much money is spent on this (and while 100 BILLION seems like a big number - it's a drop in the bucket of worldwide healthcare costs - even just those related to CCSVI/MS). It's a ploy to dupe those who see a big number and think whoa ... and if you're not really paying attention, it's easy to fall for it.
the skeptics don't know what they want re 'studies' or 'results', aside from - for some reason - not wanting CCSVI to be the answer (or at least that's the appearance to a lot of people, myself included). Like others have said, what percentage of "surgeries" have been double blind tested? Was repairing my ACL double blind tested way back when ACLs were first able to be repaired 20 years ago?
It used to be tearing an ACL meant the end of an athletic career ... now it means 6 - 12 months of surgery/rehab and you're back to normal. Was THAT double blind tested? If so ... I'd love to see the results of those that got the "placebo" ... and how they tested their knee and knew immediately it wasn't "fixed".