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Seeking Tysabri trial patients

Hello everyone,

My name is John Mulligan, a journalist with the Sunday Tribune newspaper in Dublin. I'm writing a piece for this Sunday on Tysabri and am hoping to speak to someone who may have been involved in trials, or who was receiving the treatment prior to its withdrawl. I'd like to chat to you about how effective the treatment was for you, and your thoughts on it being pulled.

I realise for many of ...
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Bloomberg News (Interview)

As I mentioned in the other thread that I was going to do, I talked with John Lauerman at Bloomberg.

It was painless, and pretty interesting. (You know me, though, being the legal "talker" that I am, boy was it hard to condense it all down!) :wink:

In any event, I got in as much as I could for the benefit of MS and those afflicted, but ...
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Tysabri Suspension - after shocks will be?

So what's next? Our Neuro, when trying to tell my wife to get on Tysabri, more or less said that we now know that the interferons weren't much use. Luckily, she got pregnant, so the decision was postponed until the fall of 2005 after birth.

Now what? I think you'll see a lot of patients go back their neuro's and demand something off label - statins or abx's. Which in a way may be a ...
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I had 3 infusions of Tysabri since approval by the FDA. I was due for the 4th next Tuesday - 3/8. I am disappointed that the drug has been suspended (temporarily?). My infusions were beneficial to me. I had beneficial reactions during my infusions. About 20 minutes into the infusion, my left foot would straighten and overall pain would diminish. My posture would improve after the infusion. My nurse who administered & observed my infusion ...
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Biogen Idec, Elan Suspend Use of Tysabri

Monday February 28, 8:43 am ET

Biogen Idec, Elan Suspend Use of Tysabri After Fatality in Clinical Trial

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) -- Biotech companies Biogen Idec Inc. and Elan Corp. reported Monday that they have suspended marketing and clinical trial use of multiple sclerosis treatment Tysabri and alerted doctors to stop using the treatment.
Biogen Idec shares closed Friday at $67.28 on the Nasdaq and were down $27.79, or 41.3 percent, to $39.49 in ...
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how long until Tysabri antibody testing?

I'm halfway between the first and second doses of Tysabri. When should I expect the neurologist have me tested for antibodies? 3, 6, 9 months, or longer? Would it be the same Athena Diagnostics back east that did my Avonex antibody testing? Or are there multiple labs that can do it?
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Tysabri 2 year data out

Full data will be released at AAN in april but here is the news release:

TYSABRI-R- Two-Year Monotherapy Trial Demonstrates Significant Impact on Disability Progression and Relapse Rate in Multiple Sclerosis
Thursday February 17, 2:30 am ET

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. & DUBLIN, Ireland--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 17, 2005--
Data Show 42% Reduction in the Risk of Disability Progression and Sustained 67% Reduction in Relapse Rate

Biogen Idec (NASDAQ: BIIB - News) and Elan Corporation, plc (NYSE: ELN - ...
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Biogen Idec at Merrill Lynch Pharmaceutical Conference

Biogen Idec at Merrill Lynch Global Pharmaceutical, Biotechnology and Medical Device Conference

February 9 - 2005

Some excerpts from his "main presentation"

"And the big news, the news that people have spent a lot of time talking about and analyzing and questioning up on is Tysabri. You all know that we filed in the U.S. and Europe on the one-year data. The two year trials continued. One of them is finished. And that data ...
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Tysabri at home infusion?

I have received 2 doses of Tysbri at the hospital in the medical short stay unit. It isn't bad, but it is a long drive to and from. My doctor said I could have the infusion anywhere I liked, and the nurses in the office have been working on trying to set up home infusions for those who want that. Which I really do. A nurse would come in to the home, start the IV, ...
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Anyone considering a port for infusions?

Hi, Just wondering if anyone was considering a port for the Tysabri infusions. Any long term infusion will be hard on the veins after time and I spoke to a vascular surgeon who recommends it. Any insight?
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