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Postby JanethePain » Fri Apr 15, 2011 1:50 pm

Okay, let's get on with it already. I've had some lasting damage from my last flare and I'm ready for this sort of thing to be DONE.

http://www.opexatherapeutics.com/?page=release&section=news&article=041511
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Postby MSBOB » Fri Apr 22, 2011 11:24 pm

I have been waiting forever for this to become available to the public. It is a great concept.

I am all for this company and its "drug." It is a very simple idea. Superior safety profile, and it seems very effective.

Thanks for posting! It makes me happy to see this therapy moving along.
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Yip!

Postby JanethePain » Sat May 07, 2011 7:36 am

And yesterday's update! :-)

http://www.opexatherapeutics.com/?page=release&section=news&article=050611

Maybe we'll all be back on board in time for the first hard frost. ;-)
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Re: Yip!

Postby Lyon » Sat May 07, 2011 8:03 am

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Re: Yip!

Postby Lyon » Sat May 07, 2011 10:49 pm

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Re: Yip!

Postby JanethePain » Tue May 10, 2011 12:52 pm

Lyon wrote:I haven't read it yet but will soon! Good hearing from you again after all this time!

JanethePain wrote:And yesterday's update! :-)

http://www.opexatherapeutics.com/?page=release&section=news&article=050611

Maybe we'll all be back on board in time for the first hard frost. ;-)


Well, let's just hope things start picking up SOON! :-)
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Re: Yip!

Postby JanethePain » Tue May 10, 2011 1:01 pm

Lyon wrote: ... I've got to admit I was hoping it would have been a committment to use the people from the IIB in the next trial.

I'm hoping that's just "understood" because for Opexa to have reliable post-trial data, they'll need as much participation as possible from the lab rats in Phases I and II and well as the new III.

Lyon wrote: Still, Tim mentioned that after .....5 treatments? the hope was that the myelin reactive T cells and the B cells creating them would be eliminated and I have to admit that they were just barely able to find what they needed to make the treatment going into the IIB.

That would push Tovaxin into the "cure" category rather than "treatment." It was my understanding that during future trials and once the gunk comes to market, we'll be schlepping hither and yon for our five treatments annually.

Lyon wrote: She hasn't been to a neuro since the IIB ended and we've seen no reason to think that anything is going on with the MS but knowing you have MS and knowing what it is capable of and going as long as she has without doing anything about it is making her feel pretty unprotected and there is no doubt that she'd like to be back under the wings of Opexa again.

I know what you mean! I'm still learning to deal with the "numb thumb" and think this will be permanent deficit. So I'm not warm and fuzzy about "other stuff" and really getting seriously impatient about the next step. Grrr.
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Postby av8rgirl » Tue May 17, 2011 9:23 am

I see that Opexa has been approved to start Phase III in January by the FDA. When the Phase IIB open label phase was shut down, I was in the process of being tested for MRTCs and they couldn't find any to continue me onto that phase.

I've seen my neuro on a regular basis since the shut down, have had a couple of MRIs [no new lesions] but continue to be symptomatic. I've not had a 'major' exacerbation but I do have exacerbations on a regular basis and have been treated with IVSM. I am currently on monthly pulse steroids which has been my only tx since the shut down of Phase IIB.

Any idea what the entry will be for us "waiting" in the wings former Tovaxin Lab Rats will be for this next phase?
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Postby Lyon » Tue May 17, 2011 1:21 pm

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Postby av8rgirl » Wed May 18, 2011 8:22 am

Lyon wrote:
av8rgirl wrote: Any idea what the entry will be for us "waiting" in the wings former Tovaxin Lab Rats will be for this next phase?
I'm terribly interested but I don't have any idea and last I talked to Tim it didn't seem that he had any inside info.

All we can do is guess...with it in mind that Opexa has kind of an information gold mine in the people from earlier clinical trials.


I guess all we can do is hope they see it that way - that we are assets and not liabilities! Considering the fact that I - who was a huge success story - have never heard from anyone since the trial was shutdown, I am highly skeptical of anything at this point! I am just hopeful, I suppose, that they will at least allow me the opportunity to be tested for re-entry!
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Postby Lyon » Thu May 19, 2011 9:21 pm

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Postby av8rgirl » Fri May 20, 2011 3:56 pm

They did get FDA approval for the Phase III trial. It was published the other day.

I am not following your logical ... why would we have to get new MRIs? We've already been diagnosed. We are a known quantity. We have been through the Phase IIb trial. And if we didn't go on any other tx since the shutdown, we should be good candidates for the Phase III trial.

However, if they were to start with a whole new batch of unknown MS patients, it would cost them a whole bunch of money.

whatever...
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Postby Lyon » Sat May 21, 2011 7:02 am

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Postby JanethePain » Sun May 22, 2011 12:05 pm

You could be absolutely right about this, without a doubt.

But if we, the lab rats, weren't going to qualify for Phase III, you would think there would have been clear communication on that point with one of us during these last years and e-mails. Or even official notices coming in snail mail. It would have been a no-brainer to have written, "We're glad you have lots of nice things to say about Tovaxin but the truth of the matter is that Phase III will be limited to NEW patients."

And to the best of my knowledge, in the two mails I've had and the one (?) Cheryl got, this was never stated directly or indirectly or even broadly hinted at.

But, of course, it could very well be the case.

Cheryl, when you were involved with all those Tysabri/Antegren trials, can you remember if the final phase compromised newbies only... or the sum-total of Tysabri/Antegren patients during the whole kit and kaboodle?
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