xpsychiatricmd wrote:Hello all. I am new to this forum. I was diagnosed with MS in 1999, and was able to work as a physician until last year. (Irony of Ironies...physician heal thyself!). I am looking to see whether I am a candidate to get on the Tcelna trial. Has anyone here already been selected? It is a double blind study, so what happens to those that end up in the placebo control group? In some studies, the placebo group can gain access to the drug if there is overwhelming evidence that it is helpful. This would usually occur at the conclusion of the study. In any event, it may be helpful to get other people's views.
xpsychiatricmd wrote:When they are ready to inject me, I notice two syringes with a clear transparent liquid (like water or saline). After injection, the area is NOT red, without bumps, induration or pain. No side effects either. Does anybody that tried Tovaxin would venture some comments as to whether I received placebo or the real thing?
NHE wrote:Thanks for sharing you experience in the Tcelna trial. You might be interested in reading about other's experiences in Opexa's earlier trial which are likely in the Tovaxin forum. If you can't find them, then you can always try a search. I seem to remember at least one or two members discussing the injections.
xpsychiatricmd wrote:Hello all,
I received my first Tcelna/placebo vaccination today. I don't know if I received the real thing or not, but I have few comments. Like some people who tried the Tovaxin/placebo trial commented , things didn't go smooth. It turns out that the Tcelna/placebo was not shipped on time but we find out 2 hours after the neuro evaluation is completed. The reason was bad weather. It was rushed for the next day and we had to return to the center to get the product. I was told that if I couldn't make it the next by a certain time, they could ship another vaccine in 4 days. (Two weekend days included). I was able to be there today by the cutoff time (Thanks to my wife who drove me). When they are ready to inject me, I notice two syringes with a clear transparent liquid (like water or saline). After injection, the area is NOT red, without bumps, induration or pain. No side effects either. Does anybody that tried Tovaxin would venture some comments as to whether I received placebo or the real thing?. The fact that they were willing to send me another shipment, in 4 days counting a weekend if I could't be there today, made me wonder! I understand is too early to reach an appropiate conclusion. I will continue reporting and note of any changes.
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