New MS Treatment Very Effective, But Very Expensive... Medical marijuana still illegal as alternative 11/7/97

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A two-year study released in Britain this week showed "dramatically positive" results with a new treatment for patients with MS, according to British MD Richard Hughes. The treatment, consisting of thrice-weekly shots of Interferon Beta, is being viewed with cautious optimism by British health care professionals as the costs could reach as high as $16,000-22,000 per year, which would put an inordinate drain on the UK's national health care system. Previously, MS patients have cost the UK relatively little as there was not much that doctors could do for them.

Many MS sufferers have reported excellent results in controlling symptoms with the use of marijuana. Marijuana treatment can be maintained for less than 10% of the cost of the new treatment, but is illegal under British law.

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