The patient is a middle-aged African American woman who for years required multiple pain pills every day to tolerate the pain of her sickle cell disease. Since beginning GenoMed's trial on Dec. 22, 2005, she experienced no pain until her trial medication accidentally ran out on February 6, 2006. Said her physician, who is lead author on the case report, "Prior to this experiment, for over two years, there has not been more than a day, at least during the winter months, when she has not required some Vicodin."
Her pain ceased within a few days of resuming GenoMed's treatment in February, 2006. In June, 2006, her physician intentionally stopped GenoMed's treatment to see what would happen. The patient's pain recurred within a week. When she resumed GenoMed's treatment, her pain again stopped within a few days. She has been pain-free on GenoMed's treatment for a total of 14 months now.
Said Dr. David Moskowitz, GenoMed's CEO and Chief Medical Officer, "Although only a single patient, she satisfied a rigorous clinical test. As long as the patient was on our treatment, her pain was gone. On two occasions, one accidental and one deliberate, our treatment was stopped. On both occasions her pain recurred promptly, only to disappear quickly after treatment was resumed. She hasn't needed pain pills in over a year; previously she took an average of four Vicodins a day. It doesn't get much more convincing than this."
Added Dr. Moskowitz, "We'd like to see if our results hold up with additional patients. Until now, there hasn't been effective treatment for sickle cell disease."