HEC wrote:Hi Mike. I'm Heather (HEC) in Seattle, and I continue to be MRTC negative with my final MRTC test coming up on December 12th. I've actually had three MRTC tests so far in the monitoring arm phase of the trial. I had my second ever MS attack in July 2008 (exceptionally mild and hardly worth mentioning compared to my first attack), and they tested me right away for MRTCs, but I was still negative. I found out on September 29th that I definitely got the vaccine in the IIb phase. I received my third MRTC blood test results on October 8th, and I'm still negative.
For the Seattle area study participants, there were 6 people total, 4 of whom received vaccine and 2 placebo. Both placebo people and one vaccine person tested positive for MRTCs and immediately went back into the vaccine phase for procurement and vaccination. I'm not sure if their shots have started yet, but I assume so. Another vaccine person has since tested postive for MRTCs, so that person is also back in the vaccine phase undergoing procurement and vaccination. That leaves me and one other person who continue to be negative, and both of us have our last monitoring visit on December 12th.
I've made arrangements to have an office visit with MRI on the same day as my last clinical trial visit so we can really see where I'm at with my lesions compared to last year's scan. Hoping it will be the same result as last year where there were even fewer lesions. Fingers crossed!
Lars wrote:HEC & Ave8ergirl,
I know there is huge amount of questioning your future right now, but I have to say from an outsider point of view (placebo dude) I am inspired by the fact that you ARE NOT producing MRTC's. I was an inch from leaving the study and I think this to be a good thing, not a bad thing. Tovaxin, at least for you, seems to be doing what we all hoped for. Thank you both for sharing.
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