FDA should give CFS patients access to Ampligen!

An estimated 4 million US citizens and 20 million worldwide are suffering from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome or CFS/ME[CDC, CFIDS]. It's a life-threatening illness, as debilitating as MS[CDC]. There is no cure and no FDA-approved drug treatment.

Rintatolimod(Ampligen) has been undergoing FDA trials for over two decades and has benefited a great number of patients to no end and without ill effect.

An FDA Advisory Committee has recently seen fit to block marketing of Ampligen, even though they voted it safe for approval. Instead of encouraging drug companies to pinpoint the subset(s) of people who respond so well, theyexpect sponsors to attract millions of dollars without a return.Ampligen is safe and has been available in places like Canada and Brussels for 17 years.There is no alternative.

We urge the FDA toApprove Ampligen now.

Thanks to the efforts of people like patient/advocate Mr. Robert Miller, the FDA is inviting patients to attend its ME/CFS Stakeholder Workshopon April 25 and 26, 2013.

Find out how you can help herehttps://twitter.com/bobmiller42and show your support bysigning this petition. Share it with your friends and let the FDA know they too should hear us loud and clear: Let ME/CFS patients decide!

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  • Anonymous To FDA: do you suffer(and I mean suffer) from CFS? If not, I wish that you could spend just 1week living with what we live with -probably for the rest of our lives. You would be first in line to sign in approval for ampligen---a drug proven to help many. What is your problem?

  • Margaret G Taylor My son has been disabled since age 12, for the last 16 years, with CFS/FM. He has been seen by the best doctors, and has the best insurance. He remains completely disabled. I have also been diagnosed, have symptoms, but am able to work part-time with a flexible schedule.

    Even if Ampligen works for only a subset of patients, at least it helps a huge group of people to get better. That would give EVERYONE hope for the future for ALL CFS/FM patients.

    There are no treatments that work for CFS/FM. Allow access to Ampligen for those who want it, and/or have experienced that it does work. By not approving Ampligen, the FDA is denying the opportunity for some patients to improve and return to being productive members of society. This is not beneficial for anyone.

  • Ruchika Gupta ME/CFS is a serious disease, yet I remained undiagnosed for 20 years because doctors are unaware &/or dismissive of it. Meanwhile, I became progressively more ill, can no longer hold a regular job, and am bed bound. This is after I used to routinely put in 70+ hours per week as a molecular biologist doing scientific research. People with ME/CFS are NOT lazy. We WANT to work. We want to be able to take care of ourselves. We do NOT want to be dependent or permanently disabled. We need the FDA to approve Ampligen for ME/CFS patients. Access to Ampligen will enable some, even if not all, ME/CFS patients to get better. Just as importantly, FDA approval for a treatment for ME/CFS will make it more difficult for medical professionals to dismiss and ignore those who have to endure this illness, and start treating us seriously.

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    2 weeks ago Comments: My son has been disabled since age 12, for the last 16 years, with CFS/FM. He has been seen by the best doctors, and has the best insurance. He remains completely disabled. I have also been diagnosed, have symptoms, but am able to work part-time with a flexible schedule. Even if Ampligen works for only a subset of patients, at least it helps a huge group of people to get better. That would give EVERYONE hope for the future for ALL CFS/FM patients. There are no treatments that work for CFS/FM. Allow access to Ampligen for those who want it, and/or have experienced that it does work. By not approving Ampligen, the FDA is denying the opportunity for some patients to improve and return to being productive members of society. This is not beneficial for anyone.
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