"MS drug trial 'a fiasco' – and NHS paid for it"
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The study was done to determine if the MS drugs delay the progression of the disease. Here are some interesting findings:
1) “It showed that the drugs failed to delay the onset of disability in patients – defined as walking with a stick or using a wheelchair – and may even have hastened it.”
2) "MS: why the drugs don't work
Multiple sclerosis is a chronic disease. It may take 40 years to run its course. In developing drugs to slow its progression, doctors have used brain scans to show lesions which the drugs appeared to prevent, and gave quicker results. Some experts thought the lesions were the disease but little effort was made to check. But preventing lesion formation does not prevent disability caused by the condition. The drugs deal with the lesions, not the disease."
3) "Alastair Compston, professor of neurology at the University of Cambridge, defended the scheme. He said that despite a disappointing outcome, the scheme had "advanced the situation for people with multiple sclerosis" by improving understanding and care of the disease."
The first finding shows that in terms of slowing progression the drugs are NWAD (Not worth a damn)
The second point apparently shows that the lesions are not the disease. “… preventing lesion formation does not prevent disability caused by the condition.” Hmmm that one deserves some thought.
The third point is that this crap is what the “experts” want us to believe is superior to CCSVI treatment.
It may be that the drugs reduce the number of relapses, but for those of us who don’t have relapses what use are they?.