Federal Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq says the government will fund a clinical trial for "liberation treatment," an experimental vein therapy for multiple sclerosis developed by an Italian doctor.
The MS Society of Canada, a co-funding partner of the project, said it's "thrilled" by the announcement that may bring answers about the controversial treatment developed by Dr. Paolo Zamboni.
The trial is subject to an ethics approval in Canada in "a way that balances our hunger for innovation and research with respect for dignity of human life," Savoie said.
The government is withholding the names of the researchers and institutions involved in the project "to protect the independence" of the ethics review, according to CIHR.
The trial is greenlighted by the government but not yet by the ethics review, if I understand this right. And the researchers and institutions involved are being kept secret to protect the independence of the ethics review? What are they concerned about? Media articles? Us? Will they be giving us all the details once the ethics review is done? We already agreed a few years ago here that the ethics of sham trials were questionable, and that CCSVI patients are savvy and difficult to sham. But it may be the fastest way to prove the efficacy of angioplasty for congenital venous malformations of the jugulars.
If they are withholding the names of researchers and institutions involved, can we assume that there are researchers (plural) and institutions (plural) involved? Putting the multicenter in multicenter prospective randomized controlled trial?