Yes, it's small, but hopefully enough to at least show a trend one way
or the other.  And if this small a sample means it can get under way
quickly, I think it's worth a shot.  The results might nudge interest in
a larger study at the very least.
LOL, I can see a huge black market in cobra-venom drugs for cat owners
in the rest of the company.  That's OK, Florida is really good at
black-market stuff. ;-)
Diane R.


[mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] On Behalf Of Kelley Saveika
Sent: Wednesday, March 19, 2008 9:55 AM
Subject: Re: Is Cheesecake On The Horizan?!

I would eat cheesecake even if it weren't true...sure hope it is
tho....just remember than 18-30 cats is a really small sample size...

On 3/18/08, Belinda Sauro <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote: 

           Just received this from
<>  newsletter, dare we hope???

                Pilot Study Will Help Determine If New Cobra-Venom Drug
Cures Feline Leukemia

                For more than a year we've been waiting for the federal
government to approve a license application to use a new cobra-venom
based drug in a large placebo controlled double blind research study
that will scientifically determine if the new drug cures feline leukemia
(FeLV). The manufacturer has already received approval from the State of
Florida to proceed, but - if the drug cures the disease - sales would be
limited to Florida veterinarians and Florida cat owners. Federal
approval would allow sales anywhere.

                      Because of the federal delay, Dr. Julie Levy of
the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine suggested we
conduct a smaller 18-30 cat, four month, placebo controlled double blind
"pilot study" using the Florida license. The pilot study will follow the
same procedures and be conducted in the same manner as a larger
follow-up study using 100+ FeLV positive cats. The larger study will be
conducted if the pilot study shows good results. Good results from the
pilot study could expedite federal approval for a larger study - which
Dr. Levy would supervise. The larger 100+ cat study will prove
conclusively that the drug cures, or does not cure, FeLV.

                      The drug's manufacturer will supply the drug to us
for both studies (at no charge) and will supervise the pilot study (with
the results forwarded to Dr. Levy).

                      No harm will come to the cats. The drug is safe
and there are no known side effects.

                      For the last two weeks I've been looking for a
location to conduct the pilot study (we can't do it at the sanctuary).
Once we find a place, I can put a final budget together.

                      We will need to raise money for the pilot study
and if we proceed to the bigger study, we'll have to raise money for
that, too. Donors to either study will receive a tax deduction. If the
drug does cure FeLV, 10th Life will receive a royalty on each sale of
the drug because (1) we are raising the necessary research funds (the
manufacturer's research budget is for human - not animal - trials), and
(2) we will be supplying the FeLV+ cats.

                      We will probably need more FeLV+ cats. In a few
days I'll know if we need more FeLV+ cats and will ask you, then, if you
have, or know someone who has, FeLV+ cats that could participate in the
pilot study. Most FeLV+ cats are routinely put down by their owners...
this research is necessary because, if the drug cures FeLV, many lives
will be saved.

                      In the meantime, please continue to support us
with a donation... I spend most of my time raising operating funds and
now that I'm spending a lot of time trying to get this study underway, I
am not out there raising operating funds. Please, we need every donation
to continue providing for our 1,200+ sanctuary cats and for these
potentially life saving studies. All donations are tax deductible.

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