MS liberation therapy clinical trial cancelled in Sask. - Macleans.ca

MS liberation therapy clinical trial cancelled in Sask.

Research team couldn’t recruit enough participants

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REGINA – The Saskatchewan government says a clinical trial for the so-called liberation treatment for multiple sclerosis has been cancelled.

The province says it’s been told by a medical centre in Albany, N.Y., that it isn’t going ahead with the therapy that involves opening blocked neck veins.

Saskatchewan had planned to put up $2.2 million to have 86 patients from the province take part in the trial.

But the trial lead, Dr. Gary Siskin, has indicated that the research team couldn’t recruit enough participants to meet United States government requirements for a clinical trial.

Health Minister Dustin Duncan says the news is disappointing for some 3,500 Saskatchewan people who want to know whether the treatment can help relieve MS symptoms.

The Ministry of Health says it will explore other options.

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