As a person who benefited highly from Prochymal, and as a human being, I completely agree. I had a friend pass away from cancer a week ago... There was a drug which had completed Phase 3 but not approved... His doctor said he was certain it would increase his lifespan but they could not get it. It was approved one week after he passed. One week. The FDA really needs to consider the patient.
--40 year old female, dx as UC in '04 (1st symptoms in '03), switched to Crohn's in '05, 1 fistula, crohn's colitis, limited to large intestine --rejected (reaction/didn't work): Asacol, AZA, 6-MP, MTX, Remicade, Humira, prednisone
--Prochymal in Phase III study (can't wait til it's approved!)
--started Tysabri 3/21/08 => STOPPED 10/3/08 - now 2 months into it & it was the right decision
--currently taking budesonide suppositories, 3mg at night. Doing well with this so far. Dx Osteoporosis 10/08 waiting to start Forteo (pending approval)
--single mom to 11-yr-old girl