OMRF Multiple Sclerosis Clinical Trial Makes Big Difference in Patient’s Life

OMRF Multiple Sclerosis Clinical Trial Makes Big Difference in Patient’s Life

Diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS), Tonja Martin was in trouble. Biologics drugs that are available to help stave off the disease cost $40,000 or more per year. Tonja’s insurance wouldn’t cover her prescription, and she had to start using her retirement savings. She would have nothing left. Fortune came, however, in the form of Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation’s (OMRF) Dr. Gabriel Pardo. He offered her the opportunity to participate in a clinical trial for an experimental MS drug.

Bankruptcy to Benefits

The game changed once Ms. Martin joined the OMRF clinical trial; the research sponsor covered the costs. As it was a double-blinded study so she would not know if she would be receiving the new experimental drug or not. However, she was all in—it didn’t matter at this point. She would rather take the chance for the benefits associated with the clinical trial than opt for the current path, which was potentially bankruptcy. Martin looked at the bigger picture early on. In evaluating whether to join the study or not, she also looked at her condition and the calling to contribute to a bigger goal—advancing new medicines that could help not only her but potentially mi...

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