Yukon chips in for MS therapy
Provides funding for Saskatchewan trials
By Taylor Shire, Regina Leader-Post; Postmedia News April 24, 2011
The Yukon is contributing funding toward Saskatchewan's clinical trials on the controversial liberation therapy for patients with multiple sclerosis.
This week, the territory committed $250,000 to the trials to ensure that its residents who meet criteria will be able to participate.
"It's very significant even though it's a smaller territory," said Saskatchewan Health Minister Don McMorris.
In December, Saskatchewan pledged $5 million to the Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation, which is managing the publicly funded process, and issued a call to other provinces and territories after the federal government chose not to move forward with it.
This month, Manitoba contributed $5 million for its own trials. The Yukon will contribute $143,000 to the actual trial and $107,000 to territorial residents who seek the therapy.