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    ANother bonanza for the pharma industry, not to mention the medical industry that benefits from managing serious side effects.

    https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/910976

    The med is Siponomod and it costs about $88,000 annually in USA. he side effects can be substantial.

    Is Pharma working on a cure at all? Or just meds to keep it chronic.
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    Initial dose titration mitigated cardiac first-dose effects.
    Hmm. They don't say just what those "cardiac first-dose effects" are. It sounds a bit like the IPIR or "initial post-injection reaction" some people were having with Copaxone.
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    I still believe the cure is locked away in someone's safe. There's too much money to be made from MS, and a cure ends that money train.
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    On the other hand, Howie, a cure would mean big profits for the people marketing the cure. If they can get away with charging such princely sums for these drugs that just might help a little (but then again they might not help at all), just think of what they could charge if they had an actual cure?

    You go to the doctor and learn you have MS, and you get a shot, and presto! It's gone. My guess is that that shot would have quite a pricetag.

    One problem is that neurological disorders don't ever seem to work that way...
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    But a cure would only be a one time profit. Great for this year's profit margin, but what about next year's? $0 profit.
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    But there are ever so many people diagnosed with MS and more coming along all the time. Also, all of the Third World countries are probably a market that hasn't been tapped yet. People in the less developed parts of the world aren't going to neuros and getting MRIs because they have far deadlier disorders to worry about--and often the available technology is limited. That could change, and more MS will start turning up there.

    Hard to say but if the price of the cure is set high enough, it could be profitable after all.
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    Yeah, I didn't think about all the new patients coming up. I guess a vaccine everyone gets as a kid like the polio vaccine would really end this disease for the most part.
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    If they came up with the cure wouldn’t that mean that they probably knew the cause?

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    Watch it Ann, you're starting to think like me!
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