Hey, if you have SPMS WITH exacerbations treated with prednisone and you've failed interferon therapy, according to the MS Quarterly report they are recruiting for a stem cell transplant with cyclophosphamide first to knock out the immune system.
The article did not mention location, but there were extensive exclusion criteria many related to people who have no exaerbations and no inflammation (like me).
Inclusion criteria are:
-age 18-55 inclusive
-diagnosis of MS definite by poser criteria
-inflammatory disease despite adequate interferon therapy. Inflammatory disease is defined as either MRI with gadolilnium enhancing lesions or clinically as acute relapses treated with IV solumedrol. Failure of interferon therapy is defined as 2 or more clinical replapses with documented neurological changes within one year of the study (note relapses must have required treatment with corticosteroids). Failure may also be defined as one relapse with evidence on MRI of active lesions (ie Gd enhancement)
Exclusion criteria were too numerous for poor me to type, but mainly it looks like if you are PPMS, have no inflammation and no exacerbations, would possibly get pregnant or would be upset to find you are sterile after treatment then not for you.
The contact name for the study is Kathleen Quigley RN BSN MBA ( hmmmm, a nurse iwth an masters of business administration, I bet they are looking to set up some kind of protocol) and the number is 312-908-0059.
I offer this not making any claims about efficacy or not suggesting that it is "equal" to revimmune because the specifics of how this treatment is done vs revimmune is not information I would know, nor is there adequate data on revimmune or this treatment to make a comparison, but I offer it as a possible option if you fit the criteria.