I'm not a conspiracy theorist but you have to wonder if a cheap and effective treatment were discovered, would the pharmas bury it?
Hey, Robin! Well, I can tell you from DIRECT experience that you can't even get a pharma to LOOK at a cheap and probable effective treatment! But I'm still not giving up.
I have challenged them all (NMSS researchers, the pharmas, Vanderbilt (Sriram and Moses), David Hafler (Johns Hopkins), my previous neuro from the Mayo, etc. etc., to tell me that I'm full of it regarding my discovery regarding desipramine, which surprisingly, according to research done many times over many years, appears to do all that the CRABs do, plus does what Antegren does, plus has probable regenerative efficacy due to its affects on GAP 43 (axonal regrowth) and its prevention of DNA fragmentation; not to mention its neuroprotective affects. Can any of them say that I AM full of it? Nope..........not a one. As a matter of fact, the NMSS encouraged me to keep trying to get SOMEBODY out in the research field to look at it.
If you will notice, my former neuro (Mayo clinical researcher) could find no flaws, and the NMSS research panels could find no flaws. Problem is, and not ONE person can explain this to me, nobody will even so much as test it. AND it has even been shown lately that a TZD has beneficial effects for progressive MS, which desipramine's mechanisms of action are comparable to a TZD. It has a much broader spectrum of action than anything else to date.
So....I ask why? Constantly, I ask why. My push for a research trial isn't based on anectodal patient claims, it's based on hard-core laboratory and clinical research performed many times over many years, wherein the same results (as I compiled previously) were found over and over again.
suspicion as to why they won't even research it? It's CHEAP and an oral drug. That's why. But it is just sitting there, and could possibly (looking more and more like "probably") be helpful for progressive MS. At least in combination therapy, too.
Well, call me the "conspiracy theorist", also, then.
EDIT: P.S. And if it's proven helpful for MS? What then? Can you IMAGINE the economic backlash? And from a drug that's been around since the 60s? Oh....sure....they're gonna bury it, allright.