Let me talk about hope. A term that is tossed around a lot when MS is brought up.
It kind of feels like a distraction, to be completely honest. I understand the end result is the same. A world free of MS, or whatever is said about the hope to bring an end to MS.
This is where I begin my rant about capitalism and start sounding a little bit conspiracy theorist. So if you’re not inclined, move along please. This is my personal opinion, and if you don’t like it tough.
Last I checked (which was a while ago – it could have increased significantly), my Tysabri infusion bills my insurance company around $12,000 every time I get 300mils of natilizumab infused into my veins. Granted, due to the PML risk my infusions got moved to every two months, so it works out to ~$6,000 per month to treat my Multiple Sclerosis. That is more than I (or my family as a whole) make in a month.
Now I ask a question. With such a cash cow, do you really think these huge drug companies are looking for a one time cure (no recurring income for the drug companies) or are they just going to keep putting out more and more expensive treatments to keep you going so that they can keep draining you financially (guaranteed income for the drug companies)? You can guess what I think about a cure coming from a major drug maker.
Per usual it is up to the little guy, the mad scientists, to come up with a cure to MS. Too bad all that time and effort is being wasted on treatments. But I am happy to have them. Tysabri really seems to have worked well for me. As always, if you ignore the PML risk.