Hi guys! I hope you’re as well as possible. I was kindly sent a link to the following article about Rituximab by a colleague and found it really interesting. I am currently on long-term sick leave from work, and as you probably know, I suffer from M.E (CFS) and fibromyalgia. There is currently no known cure for either ME or fibromyalgia, and very little in the way of truly effective treatment.
I am often sent articles to things that could potentially help me, which I really appreciate, but often they are things that won’t actually work (juicing etc!). Reading this article though, it seems that there is finally some hope.
Rituximab is an anti-cancer drug, which is currently being trialled to see if it relieves symptoms of ME. Have a read here and let me know what you think.
I hope you find the article interesting. Feel free to share it with anyone else who may find it useful.
UPDATE: I am pasting in here a comment I received with some updated information in July 2016, which I thought was really interesting!
Jo Best: Hi Katie, just saw you repost this link on Twitter, so wondered if you knew that the charity Invest in ME (Research) is working towards a UK clinical trial of rituximab with the help of UK experts on B cell biology whose trials of rituximab in rheumatoid arthritis proved that to be an autoimmune disease.
As rituximab works by depleting B cells, their first step is to study B cells in ME patients, aiming to find out more about what’s going wrong and which patients are most likely to be helped by the drug. This is the news page on the site for the Invest in ME B cell / rituximab research – http://www.ukrituximabtrial.org/IIMEUKRT%20News.htm
It was also presented at the charity’s 11th international conference in June, so will be on the IIMEC11 DVD, which should be ready for distribution this week –http://investinme.eu/IIMEC11.shtml#dvdNever miss another post from me! Click below to follow me on Bloglovin. If RSS or social media are more your style, check out my sidebar! Follow