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Clinical Trial for Fibromyalgia and ME/CFS Patients

Discussion in 'Active Clinical Studies' started by Rrrr, Jun 10, 2013.

  1. Rrrr

    Rrrr Senior Member

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    Announcement: Clinical Trial for Fibromyalgia and ME/CFS Patients
    June 2013

    Please see below 2 articles that discuss this protocol (or just google Pridgen + Fibromyalgia)
    http://www.prohealth.com/library/showarticle.cfm?libid=17194
    http://www.tuscaloosanews.com/article/20120909/NEWS/120909792

    This Phase II clinical trial known by the acronym "FAST" (Fibromyalgia Antiviral Suppression Therapy) is for Fibromyalgia patients, and some qualifying ME/CFS patients. The study uses a combination of a NSAID medication and an antiviral medication (there are 3 types of each that work) to suppress herpes simplex virus (HSV-1), the proposed cause of Fibromyalgia and perhaps ME/CFS. Patients interested in getting in the clinical trial should have their doctors contact Dr. Pridgen directly at (tsasurgery (at) gmail.com). Here is a list of the 12 sites conducting the study.

    IMC research sites for PRID-1 Study (FAST-fibromyalgia antiviral suppression therapy)

    1) Aftine MD - Medford, OR
    2) Bateman MD - Salt Lake City, UT
    3) Dikranian MD - San Diego, CA
    4) Garcia MD - Sacramento, CA
    5) Graves MD - Evansville, IN
    6) Lafata MD - Vista, CA
    7) Lockwood MD - Lafayete, IN
    8) Matthews MD - Jacksonville, FL
    9) Prestegard MD - Ann Arbor, MI
    10) Rubino MD - Raleigh, NC
    11) Williams MD - Birmingham, AL
    12) Huffman MD - Tampa, FL
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  2. Navid

    Navid Senior Member

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    does anyone know what the drugs are? is this related the CAA and Bio Vista?

    thanks
  3. Sushi

    Sushi Moderator and Senior Member Albuquerque

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    Hi Navid,

    I don't believe it is related.

    Sushi
  4. Rrrr

    Rrrr Senior Member

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    it is not a CAA clinical trial.
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    jsfm

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    I have sent an email to the contact listed on Clinicaltrials.gov for this research trial. If I find out more information I will pass it along.
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    Rrrr Senior Member

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    http://blog.healclick.com/fibromyalgia-clinical-trial-targeting-herpes-virus/?utm_source=HealClick Blog Updates&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=068022fb13-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_term=0_186a4bccea-068022fb13-77631341

    "This trial is now officially recruiting: http://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT01850420?term="fibromyalgia" "hsv"&rank=1 Although it’s not listed [mentioned] on clinicaltrials.gov, Dr. Pridgen said in a separate announcement that he was throwing in a NSAID medication. In fact the drug cocktail is property of the company co-founded by Pridgen, so none of the drug names are publicized. This makes it difficult for busybodies like myself to speculate.
    If you’re interested in the clinical trial, go ahead and contact [see email for the contact person on the above linked webpage at clinicaltrials.gov]. Personally I find the addition of a NSAID to the fray a lot more interesting than yet another standalone antiviral. As the momentum in ME/CFS and fibromyalgia circles shifts more toward “autoimmune with a virus”, I hope to expect to see a lot more clinical trials designed like this."
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  7. Rrrr

    Rrrr Senior Member

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    for those who don't want to join the clinical trial, but are interested in doing the "repurposed" 2 meds of the clinical trial, your doctors can email dr. pridgen (his email is in the first post on this thread).
  8. Rrrr

    Rrrr Senior Member

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    Here is the clinical trial website on clinicaltrials.gov:
    http://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT01850420?term=NCT01850420&rank=1

    And here is the NCT code to help potential research subjects find more information about the research study: The NCT code is NCT01850420, and by typing this number into the search field, it will take them to the page where they will find items such as:

    1. The study locations where subjects are being recruited. Currently there are 12 active sites, all in the US.
    2. That the study drug is investigational and there is a placebo arm. Patients need to be aware that they may not receive the investigational drug.
    3. Important Exclusion Criteria such as history of rheumatologic diseases, bipolar disease, OCD, severe anxiety, schizophrenia, systemic infection, severe cardiac disease, chronic steroid usage, and chronic opioid usage will not be eligible.
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    Ruthie24 Senior Member

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    Guessing if you're already taking NSAIDS and AVs, you'd be excluded?
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    Rrrr Senior Member

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    barbc56 Senior Member

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    I have emailed the contact person as my dad lives about fifteen minutes away from Lafayette, IN.

    I was supposed to be in a study about an hour away from me and one here in town, but didn't make it to either one of them due to my FM. This is an important consideration when doing any study on chronic illness.
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    Rrrr Senior Member

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    barbc56 -- how wonderful that you are considering being in this study! keep up updated. -- rrrr
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    barbc56 Senior Member

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    I just got the number of the contact number at Purdue today and will call on Friday.
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    Rrrr Senior Member

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    keep us posted!
  15. Little Bluestem

    Little Bluestem Senescent on the Illinois prairie, USA

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    I am amazed that there are TWO testing locations in Indiana. I do not have much pain and do not want to take an NSAID.
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    Rrrr Senior Member

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    Little Bluestem, fyi, the NSAID is not taken for pain. it is taken for its antiviral properties.
  17. Little Bluestem

    Little Bluestem Senescent on the Illinois prairie, USA

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    I did not realize that NSAIDs had antiviral properties. I am still not sure that I would want to take one regularly because of the side effects. I have been 'allergic' to aspirin in the past.
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    Little Bluestem me neither: NSAID - inflammation and pain I thought. Any further information you can provide on this, Rrrr? Thanks :)
  19. Rrrr

    Rrrr Senior Member

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    hi all, the info on the fact that SOME nsaids have antiviral properties is found in the first two articles that i posted:

    http://www.prohealth.com/library/showarticle.cfm?libid=17194
    http://www.tuscaloosanews.com/article/20120909/NEWS/120909792

    dr. pridgen, in the articles above, states that the two meds he is using in his protocol (an antiviral and a NSAIDS -- which he does not name) are both being used for their antiviral properties. however, not all NSAIDS have antiviral properties, i think.

    pridgen has confirmed with my doctor, who he talked with, that the NSAID is used for its antiviral properties. there are to be about 140 patients in the study, i hear. so this is no "slouch" study! this is a "real deal" study, based on many previous patients getting better on this protocol. or so i hear.
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    Me either. Lots of natural things have antiviral properties -- lysine, lithium, zinc, olive leaf extract, etc.

    I would think adding an NSAID would just complicate the picture -- who's to say if the new drugs are the cause for possible relief, vs. the temporary pain relief from the NSAID? Besides, NSAIDS deplete sulfate, or as some say "restrict the use of sulfates", which are critical to good health.
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