Canadian Liberal MP Dr. Kirsty Duncan has made the following statement about Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Month:
“This month, on Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Month, we work to raise awareness of this devastating disease, and support improvement to services for those affected by MS, including efforts to develop new treatments and the continued search for a cure.
Internationally, there have been some exciting developments in MS research, specifically regarding Chronic Cerebrospinal Venous Insufficiency (CCSVI). Last summer the federal government announced it would begin the process to allow clinical trials, but their efforts since have fallen far below what is necessary. That is why I tabled a Private Members Bill that called for a Pan-Canadian strategy for CCSVI, to ensure that proper clinical trials for the treatment of CCSVI are undertaken, and to ensure those who received the procedure outside Canada, have proper follow-up care at home.
During MS Awareness Month, my thoughts are with those who show great courage every day in battling this debilitating disease.”
Liberal Senator Jane Cordy also commented:
“There are groundbreaking procedures being undertaken in more than 60 countries around the world in the area of CCSVI for MS patients. Studies have shown measureable results in relieving symptoms for those suffering from MS. Canada should be contributing to this research with our own leading-edge clinical trials.
Just as Kirsty has been doing in the House of Commons, I have been working to raise consciousness about MS in the Senate with my Senate Public Bill S-204, which seeks to establish a national strategy to for CCSVI. On Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Month, I urge my Senate colleagues to support the swift passage of Bill S-204 so that one day in the near future Canadian MS patients can benefit from “Made in Canada” research and treatment.”