Monday, 13 June 2016

DAY 13: Factor XIII Clinical Trial, Scleroderma Awareness Month 2016

DAY 13: Factor XIII Clinical Trial, Scleroderma Awareness Month 2016 

The Rheumatology clinical trials unit at The Royal Free Hospital in London, are conducting a clinical trial to see if purified Factor XIII will be an effective treatment for scleroderma patients. 

Factor XIII is a component of the blood clotting cascade. Often, patients with scleroderma have an altered clotting ability upon wound injury, which could be a contributory factor in the production of calcinosis, as well as stiff, fibrotic vessels blocking the process. 

If you are local to the Royal Free hospital, please consider taking part in this trial. 

For more information on the Clinical Trials unit and other ongoing trials, please click  here

Over the decades, I have taken part in various clinical trials, and although, some patients are not so keen to take part, I am an advocate for patients to take part in what could be discovered to be the cure! The trials are monitored vigorously, having been subjected to a robust criteria for design and application beforehand. 

Evidence based medicine is essential for best practice. This is timely and can be hindered by slow patient recruitment due to scleroderma being a rare disease. Specialist expert centres are crucial for not only best practice patient care, but also, best practice global medical research. 

By joining together and uniting around the world, these centres can best serve the scleroderma patient in terms of improving and accelerating the research progress, combined with the Orphan drug process. This could reduce the time taken for a drug to reach the marketplace, but is still timely in terms of years…. with time being a luxury to the scleroderma patient. 

I am extremely grateful to those scleroderma patients who took part in clinical trials to make the use of the biologic therapies, become a helpful treatment choice for scleroderma.
This article was originally published here  in my Column with Scleroderma News.
Dr Anna Gill gave an update to the Factor XIII clinical trial process at the recent annual family day held at the Scleroderma Unit, May 2017. Click here  to view her presentation.

To read my articles:
The importance of an early diagnosis click here 
the role of medical research click here
the importance of expert specialist centres click here
diet and nutrition click here
taking part in research trials click here
the UK guidelines for management and treatment of Scleroderma click here
my skin is cured from scleroderma click here 
BSR and BHPR guideline for the prescription and monitoring of non-biologic disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs, Raynaud's, Scleroderma, Rare Disease click here  

EULAR guidelines for treatment of systemic sclerosis scleroderma, click here  

Please DONATE to help fund medical research at the Scleroderma Unit at The Royal Free hospital where 100% of your donation will be used to fund vital medical research. Thank You.
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29th June World Scleroderma Day. Read more here  
Scleroderma Awareness flashback 2016. Read more here  
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