It would take a lot more than this information to spoil my Christmas And it doesn't matter how quiet you are, Harry Z will hearbromley wrote:Note: please keep this quiet - I don't want Harry Z to find out as it may spoil his Christmas!
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2115 ... t=Abstract
Tysabri has a dramatic effect on a patient's immune system so it isn't surprising that we are seeing this kind of result. Other powerful drugs (usually cancer fighting medications used on MS) also show similar kinds of results and we often hear of how those drugs have helped MS patients over a period of time. But the length of time and amount of the drug that the patient takes is often limited and there can be nasty side effects. So far, over the long haul, these drugs have little effect on the progression of the disease.
Do some patients go into a remission? Yes. Do some remain the same? Yes. Do some become worse? Yes. These kind of results have been going on for years with the various drugs and little has changed.
The biggest concern with Tysabri, as we all know, is the continually rise in risk of getting PML the longer one is on the drug. Biogen continues to tell us that the overall risk is still at 1/1000 but that has grown to double for patients on the drug over two years. So again, it boils down to benefit vs risk in choosing Tysabri or any other MS medication. At the same time, the oral drugs are becoming available but they too aren't without some side effects that increase the rate of infections. Talk about a difficult situation in trying to choose which drug to take.
It's too bad that some of the money still being spent on drug research is diverted to research on CCSVI. But that is a whole new discussion!
Have a great holiday season.
Bob,Lyon wrote:Doesn't Harry own stock in Tysabri? I'd swear he's the one who got me in the habit of putting a spoonful in my tea?
The day you hear that I have stock in Biogen (Tysabri) please send the guys in the white jackets to take me away, lock the door and throw away the key.
Have Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
I was just wondering about the 2012 thing.Lyon wrote:concerned wrote:I don't think I enjoy anything more than trying to get under Harry's skin. Then again, I've known him for a long time and he's a good guy and a friend....although it probably doesn't outwardly seem that way to others.Lyon wrote:
Am I missing something here?
'Lyon wrote:Damned skeptics would have to notice that!concerned wrote: I was just wondering about the 2012 thing.
At this point I can't say whether that was a typo or a brain fart because I hadn't noticed doing it until you mentioned it. Even then it took me a minute to figure out what you were getting at....
I guess that's partially my fault. I really goofed on the quoting it seems.
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