When the ALS Therapy Development Institute invited me to speak at their annual White Coat Affair gala last October, I took advantage of the opportunity to tour the Institute’s lab where they are performing fast-track ALS research. While there, our tour passed by the freezer where AT-1501, a potential effective treatment for both ALS and Alzheimer’s, is stored.
Matt Belina, a former U.S. Navy pilot, was diagnosed with ALS in 2012 at the age of 30. He and his wife are now actively trying to fight the barriers the FDA’s lack of approvals raise and prevent him from having access to experimental drugs he believes might save his life.
30,000 Americans and our families struggle to find hope in our battle against Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), a rapidly progressing, terminal disease with no available treatments. I, V. Michael Fulginiti, and the undersigned petition the Obama Administration to request the FDA to grant “accelerated approval” to potentially life-saving treatments for ALS now, starting with GM604. As a result, people with ALS (PALS) will have legal access to GM604, providing them and their families with a new reason for hope–an opportunity to fight for life or, worst case, to have the option to die trying. If the FDA fails to act, then PALS today will die without a chance.