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FDA Approves Multiple Sclerosis Stem Cell Trial

By Daryl H. Bryant (473 words)
Posted in Living with MS on September 10, 2013

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FDA Approves Multiple Sclerosis Stem Cell Trial

A recent news report released by the FDA announced the approval of a groundbreaking new study. The basis of the study utilizes advancements in stem cell use to treat multiple sclerosis (MS.) This trial is being performed by Tisch MS Center of New York research teams. Phase one of the trial follows ten years of research.

New Hope for a Cure

If this FDA approved trial is successful in its goals, it portends the beginning of further investigation into new FDA drug approvals. The goals of the study intend to provide clear conclusions of several factors:

  • Optimization of therapeutic dosage to MS patients
  • Frequency of doses using stem cells
  • Most direct route of administering stem cells
  • Which MS patients would benefit from these treatments
  • Compatibility of this treatment with use of other MS drug treatments

The study was performed with the assistance of twenty MS patients who had previously been enrolled in R&D trials and studies. This particular study gives new hope to hundreds of thousands of Americans afflicted with multiple sclerosis. The CDC reports that at least two hundred people will be diagnosed with multiple sclerosis every week.

Use of Stem Cells Is Critical

From early studies performed on patients with other autoimmune diseases, stem cell research has become an acceptable and feasible method of treating certain diseases believed to be incurable.

In some cases, multiple sclerosis patients can experience chronic symptoms. The most serious are advancing paralysis and loss of vision. Continued use of stem cells and research is based on beliefs that regeneration of cells help rebuild or repair damage from diseases like MS. Continued use of stem cells is critical to the future of finding cures for many debilitating diseases that attack the nervous system. Stem cell use for MS patients may reduce episodes of inflammation in nerves that may become worse as the disease progresses.

The Basis of the MS Stem Cell Treatment Study

Researchers at Tisch MS Research Center are working towards determining the safety of injections of stem cells. The procedures in this study will be to use bone marrow taken from MS patients to create a regenerative prognosis. In these patients, stem cells will be by injection into the fluids surrounding their spinal cords. Injections of regenerative stem cells will be done over a period of six months with a follow-up of injections for twenty-seven months.

MSC-NPs - The Key to a Future Cure for MS

With these FDA approved trials; the strategy used by researchers is to use mesenchymal stem cell-derived neural progenitor cells, known as MSC-NPS. Extracting these cells from bone marrow of MS patients in a study with seven participants proved to repair areas diseased by MS. The earliest studies performed on lab mice showed positive repair results.

Comments (18)

Justin Sears posted on: September 10, 2013

I had this in 2001 to treat my MS, and it did wonders. Granted MS is still a pain in my backside, but nothing near what it was before the transplant.

Jeremiah posted on: September 10, 2013

Awesome! I am glad to see Stem Cells being used to explore the options of treating or curing MS.

Ellen posted on: September 10, 2013

I pray this will speed up the process of finding a cure to M.S. for all of us living with M.S.

Myrna Head posted on: September 10, 2013

How does one become part of the trial? I would be more than willing to do it!!!

Shelley posted on: September 10, 2013

Thank God the FDA finially approved the trial. It's a disgrace that other countries have been using stem cell treatment. It's unfortunate that its taken yrs not to mention how much this treatment will cost here in the States versus the cost in other countries for the same treatment. God have mercy!

Dana posted on: September 10, 2013

I think it is amazing that they are making great strides to fight and find a cure for MS and other autoimmune diseases. I just hope they can convince the insurance companies that these treatments ARE necessary. I keep finding myself fighting with them to cover anything that hasn't been around for 500 years or so. I don't know anyone that wants to suffer unnecessarily because their insurance refuses to cover treatments. Come on people - have a heart!

Mindy Carter posted on: September 10, 2013

This makes me feel hopeful that some sort of cure is coming.

Bill posted on: September 10, 2013

This sounds so promising, I would love to get into a trial. Can anyone lead me in the right direction? Or give me some more information about stem cells.

I was diagnosed with MS back in 1997 and have been progressing steadily ever since. I am PPMS and need to find something. My walking is just about gone, but I am at the point of worrying about other bodily functions disappearing.

O& 39;Tasha posted on: September 10, 2013

AWESOME!!! If and when FDA does approved this trial, please contact me ASAP because my husband would love to try it. He was diagnosed with MS in 2010 and his condition is slowly deterating.. He now has to use a wheelchair to get around and is losing feelings in his legs and his eyesight is slowly going too. Please we are both in the military and will love to give this trial a try.

William Miears posted on: September 10, 2013

I am very interested in this treatment. my job I've had for 13 years is my lively hood. I have been on my work's disability & I'm waiting for social security. stem cells yes AMEN

cindy crisafi posted on: September 10, 2013

Thank you for this article. I hope they can fast track the process. Sometimes I think they forget real people depend on the cure.

Jennifer posted on: September 10, 2013

I would love to get in this trail. More places need to get involved in Adult Stem Cell research. How does one become part of the trial? I would be more than willing to do it! Hopefully, Stanford in CA does this soon. If so, please contact me!!!

Kelly posted on: September 10, 2013

Great news! How do I get into the trail?

debi mckinney posted on: September 11, 2013

More info, please! I will do almost anything at this point. I've had several lumbar punctures and many, many "blood patches" following 2 of them, so I'm very familiar with this procedure.

Please let me know who to contact so that I could, maybe, find out about the possibility of having this procedure performed.

Thank you so much!!!

Rob Garcia posted on: September 11, 2013

This sounds great. I've head a lot of good things coming out of other county's. this would be a God send if so. I was a cop for years and now I do what I can. Thankfully I was approved in 2010 for disability. MS has mainly hit my cognitive ability and I sleep for 18 hours straight. I would love to be able to take my boys hiking or camping for the first time. Heck just be normal! I thank the people working hard to fight MS. Again thank you.

Nancy Powell posted on: September 11, 2013

I would love to be in the trial, how can I FIND MORE INFORMATION? diagnosed in 1991. Last 8 years 2nd progressive and going down fast.

Janine posted on: September 12, 2013

This has been going on for more than 15 years in Chicago at Northwestern University. It& 39;s expensive and insurance won& 39;t pay because it& 39;s considered "a trial/investigative". I truly believe this is a cure for MS. Drug companies make too much money off of MS patients so this will continue to be a treatment option only for the rich, who can afford it. "The CDC reports that at least two hundred people will be diagnosed with multiple sclerosis every week." Are you kidding me? Somebody needs to get off their ass and make this a treatment option instead of a trial.

Antonia posted on: December 26, 2014

I had my first stem cell done in 2011 in Miami $12,500 I did incredible. At that time I was not on any medicine. Tried it again in Indianapolis 2013 while on Avonex ...and very sick from the shots. $6000. Results not as well. :-(

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