Posted 4/4/2009 10:21 PM (GMT -6)
Sorry for the late response, havent been on here in awhile,. Yes, I was in the Phase III Prochymal studies. I was really helped out by the initial 4 treatments over 2 weeks. Both my doctor and I came to the conclusion that I had received some form of the stem cells because of the weight gain, blood test numbers, and just overall improvement of health. I thought I was on the road to recovery until about a month and a half later. At this time the symptoms started to get worse and I was put into the second arm of the trial ( 610). After receiving another 4 treatments in the second arm I continued to get worse and my weight went down. Blood tests also starting going south .
In a nutshell, I think that if I would have been allowed to keep getting the treatments that I would be sitting here right now as a so called normal person again healthwise anyways. I was pretty much crushed when I heard that they were stopping the trial now due to a design flaw with the placebo. Hopefully they redesign the trial soon so I can have another chance . I am disappointed though that the approval of the drug may be delayed now for another year or two. I just dont understand why drug companies and the FDA cant just give these cells to us people that would greatly benefit from it. I would sign a waiver or whatever just to have kept getting it. I dont know if I cant wait around another two years and it is shameful of them to leave people suffering from this disease when they could give back people their lives. Definately try and get on this stem cell therapy when you can, its cutting edge!!