To continue or not to continue?
Yes, that is the question. Is it time for me to get off these drugs? Corboy’s data, so far, suggest that this might be the case for some of us. But, more information is needed, and there haven’t been many clinical trials that have studied the effects of DMTs on people who are older than 55.
That’s why Corboy hopes to recruit up to 300 older MS patients to see what happens if they stop their drugs. His study is called DISCOMS (NCT03073603) and will be conducted at several locations across the U.S. from now until 2021.
Are you interested?
To participate in the study, patients will need to meet several requirements in addition to those I’ve already mentioned. You can see what they are here. As it turns out, I don’t meet all of them, so I won’t be asking my neuro about enrolling. And since I’m being treated with Lemtrada, I’m hoping to be drug-free, anyway, at the end of the second round of that treatment.
But, for those of you who are in the 55+ group, and who’ve been pouring drugs into your body and money into drug co-pays for many years, this is certainly a study to watch. The first results are expected sometime in 2020.
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