ALS patient access to Brainstorm's treatment NurOwn
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My name is Bobby Forster and I have ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. Most people with ALS live 2-5 years after their first signs of disease and our treatment options are limited.
Recently, I was a participant in the US trial of a new treatment called NurOwn. After two weeks of treatment I went from barely able to stand for more than ten seconds, to being able to walk with a walker, to being able to walk unassisted. I also saw significant improvements in my forced vital capacity (FVC) and speech. Other participants yielded great results as well.
My improvements continued for a month, then my progression plateaued for a month before I began progressing again. This therapy is one that will require multiple treatments every couple months.
Unfortunately, the company that makes NurOwn, Brainstorm, is hesitant to pursue accelerated approval of this treatment with the FDA and has opted to conduct a Phase III trial which could delay approval for another 5 years. Without accelerated approval thousands of ALS patients could die over the next several years waiting for the traditional process for approval to be completed. Another challenge Brainstorm faces is raising enough money to conduct an expensive Phase III trial. If the money is not raised then Brainstorm and NurOwn could be dead in the water and the treatment will never make it patients.
This treatment has now been in multiple trials both in the US and Israel. It has been shown to be effective and has no significant side effects. It is time for all ALS patients to gain access to this ground breaking treatment.
Please sign this petition and ask Brainstorm to pursue accelerated approval of NurOwn with the FDA. I am sick and tired of seeing my friends die while there exists a safe and effective treatment.
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