Yes, but each time when they draw all those test tubes of blood, they must check for MRTC's is all I can figure. They also have to follow protocol to a T, and I would imagine that initial screen is a protocol requirement to begin the extension. I think they check before the bag is drawn in case they don't find what they are looking for and they can then cancel it. That's all I could figure.
My neurologist's office was a zoo yesterday. I was doing my "long walk" and I must have had to get out of the way of a dozen different drug reps. The Teva people were there going over Phase III stuff for Laquinimod (sp?). They also had another group in there concerning a drug I had never heard of. It's probably been talked about on here but I just didn't notice. It sounds very cool.
It is for SPMS'ers. It is called MBP, or some combination of those letters. It is an every six month infusion of a "myelin basic protein". From what I gathered (and that can always be suspect
), they put the protein in you and it keeps your MRTC's occupied with that rather than with our "nerve insulators". The story behind it was the most compelling part to me. Some guys up in Canada have a very close relative, I believe they said sister, with MS. They developed this approach and it is supposedly working very well for her and she is SPMS.
Like I said, this was my research coordinator trying to explain it to me during my testing, so I don't know if I got the facts straight. The reason I'm interested in learning about this one is that my wife's aunt is in the trial. If anyone on here has heard about this and can steer me down the road of learing about it, I would greatly appreciate it. We probably ought to start with the correct name! My wife's aunt is as sweet as the day is long, but she could not tell me the name of the drug that she is enrolled in a trial on. That amazes me, but she is in her early 60's and she has never liked to even talk about her condition, much less research it; so I volunteered to do some for her. Hell, we probably have a thread on here for it under the intial name and I've just never read it. If I remembered the company name that would be a start, but I don't even remember that! Can anyone say brain fog?