Aimspro an MS treatment?
Aimspro is the trade name for an MS treatment produced from the serum of blood obtained from specially vaccinated goats. The serum is obtained from the goats in the USA and then sent to the UK for purifying.
Who are Daval International?
Daval International are a UK based pharmaceutical research and development company. Founded by venture capitalist David Shotton from London in 2000.
How is Aimspro administered?
Patients are taught to inject themselves with the drug in the upper arm, thighs or buttocks using a needle very like that used by diabetics.
How does the goats-blood serum work?
Aimspro uses Polyclonal Antibodies from the serum of goats that have been inoculated with a number of vaccines to generate neutralising antibodies. The exact action is not fully understood and the technique is subject to commercial confidentiality.
Does this treatment work?
The trials have been very positive with many patients reporting significant improvement. There have been very few reporting no improvement.
Are there any side-effects?
The only reported side-effects have been a slight irritation at the injection site.
Is this a cure for MS?
No, it is a treatment to lessen the symptoms of multiple sclerosis. including actual partial reversal of some symptoms leading to a better quality of life for many patients.
How can I obtain this product?
Aimspro is not generally available as the drug has not yet been licensed. The product is currently undergoing Phase II trials and it is hopeful that the drug may be approved within the next year or two. In the meantime you can sign the petition being run by theAimspro Patient Lobby Group, Proventus.
There is hope, however, Daval are now reported to be running ‘Specials’ or Aimspro on named patient basis. Presumably this is available only in the UK. However, I have recently been informed of a pharmacy in Glasgow who can dispense the goats-blood serum on private prescription to any mainland Europe address.
Where can I get more information about Aimspro?
The Multiple Sclerosis Resource Centre publish a very good magazine, called New Pathways that has regular updates and news about Aimspro. Call 0800 783 0518 in the UK to obtain your copy.
Are the goats harmed in the manufacture of Aimspro?
No, on the contrary, they are very well cared for. They live on a farm in the USA, are looked after by qualified carers, are certified free of any disease and have the freedom to roam around in large paddocks. Extracting the blood from the goats is very like people donating blood.
Latest news on Aimspro Trial
As far as can be ascertained, there have been no significant developments to Daval’s Aimspro programme in 2015. The Daval web site has a number of news items pertaining to their product developments but, nothing specific or recent on Aimspro approval or development.
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