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This is exciting news. I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis 15 years ago and have had more needle sticks than there are stars in the sky. I have nightmares of becoming a human lawn sprinkler. So a pill form of any MS medication sounds like heaven to me. Blocking the white blood cells may be successful. I hope Fingolimod/Gilenia actually lives up to its hype. What concerns me, however, is that last year the MS pharmaceutical companies made $8.5 Billion in profits. This was achieved by creating only medications that addressed specific aspects of the disease, but not a cure. There is a pill called Ampyra that is supposed to help those of us with MS walk a bit better. There is Tysabri - an IV - that is supposed to suppress flare-ups. Let's not forget Avonex, Betaseron, Copaxone, Rebif, steroids, etc. all of which deal only with flare-ups. I worry that with profits like $8.5 Billion, where is the incentive to cure MS? The same may be said for Cancer, Heart Disease, Diabetes, etc. I don't want to live like this the rest of my life. But I congratulate Novartis for this new medication. I do ask that the pharmaceutical companies not forget the Human Elements in this and what the Human Elements want. In this case, the Human Elements are those of us with Multiple Sclerosis and what we want is a cure.
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