Yet another miracle MS drug is upon us. Don't blink now.
This one is called FTY720 (although they will surely come up with something more catchy before the drug hits the market). It is said that this drug in the experimental stages is reducing MS relapses with an efficacy significantly far beyond the present showings of the old favorites--the interferons and Copaxone.
It is also said, and in the usual spirit of passing mention, that FTY720 has been associated with potentially fatal infections, skin cancer, and (yes, last but not least) a case of haemorrhaging focal encephalitis, which I guess is something like a sudden explosion of the brain and head.
Novartis, the company responsible for the drug (and yes that may be a double entendre), hopes to press for the drug's availability within the shortest time possible.
Well, a few will have to fall for the benefit the many, right? Just so I'm not one of the few.
It's sort of like the My Lai massacre. Anyone remember that? We had to destroy the village to save it. Something along those lines.
Look at it this way--It probably won't happen to you; and even if it does, you probably won't have time to appreciate it.