Nurse Joan shares if it is common for MS clinical trials to require patients to stop taking current medications.
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Joan Ohayon: We don't ask people to get off their current medication but many times we are seeking people who are not on therapy. Therefore, if somebody comes to us and they are on therapy and they desperately want to participate in our trial, we will look at how they've been responding to their therapy. It doesn't make sense to even discuss them stopping their therapy to participate in the trial and we want them to have that discussion with their neurologist because there are some people who are seeking trials because they're on a drug that just doesn't seem to be working for them. And in that case, with proper discussions it's absolutely fine for them to stop their therapy, to seek something that may work better. But it is not our decision alone to make, and I speak, our being the researcher it really does need to be made between the patient and their prescribing neurologist or clinician.