Updated: Sep 2
With the publication of groundbreaking clinical trial by Dr. Niel Pedersen and his team of researchers at the University of California Davis, a global awareness is growing amongst cat owners and medical practitioners of GS-441524 and its effectiveness in treating cats with FIP.
*The Feline Infectious Peritonitis Virus (FIPV) attacks cat's immune system, using white blood cells as transport, multiplying and spreading itself throughout the body. GS-441524 works by stopping FIPV from replicating inside the body, allowing cat's own immune system to recover. Before the discovery of GS-441524, the mortality rate of FIP in cats is >90%. After discovering GS-441524, the survival rate is >90%, when sufficient dosage is given in early stage.
As of this writing (06.2020), only pharmaceutical companies in China are producing GS-441524 in treatment ready form. However, thanks to the internet, you don't have to go to China to buy this medicine. Cat owners from around the world can obtain GS-441 via self-organised online groups with connections to Chinese manufacturers and e-commerce websites.
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Today, with a quick Facebook or Google search, you may find yourself joining a self-help group in your area, communicating in your own language. That's good news! FIP treatment is at the forefront of 21st century democratisation of medicine. However, there are risks associated with this new approach. It shifts the responsibility and research for knowledge from doctors to you, the cat owners. You may encounter multiple people offering GS to you. So how do you choose the right brand or reseller to purchase from?
Choose reputation, not price. Doctors don't buy the cheapest medicine, neither should you. Few months ago the news broke across self-help groups across the world that many cats died during GS treatment while using 2 particular brands of GS. These 2 brands also happened to be the cheapest on the market at that time. Given the effectiveness of GS, this was highly unusual. People quickly began doubting the quality these 2 brand. After investigating and testing, reports began surfacing that these brands overstated their GS concentration. The claimed concentration of 15mg/ml was in actuality only between 7-8mg/ml according to some posts. We did not test these brands ourselves, and only restating posts we have read from self-help groups. Furthermore, their formulations were not stable, with observable changes in pH and viscosity from one production batch to the next. Making quality medicine requires knowledgeable chemists, precise equipments, and high purity chemicals. None of which can be had cheaply. So how can the final product be cheap? DON'T choose cheap GS if you don't want to gamble with your cat's life.
Buy directly from the brand's website or its authorised reseller whenever possible. Don't know if the person you are buying from is an authorised resellers? Email the brand and verify. If you can't find the brand online, then it is best to avoid it altogether. Because GS is an expensive treatment, there is incentive for a few unscrupulous resellers to dilute with water, or switch from one brand to another during delivery. It doesn't happen often. But it has happened in the past.
Is the seller you are talking to knowledgeable about FIP? Does he/she make the effort to understand your cat's situation and answer all your questions in a transparent manner? Does he/she clearly explain how to complete the treatments, the risks and difficulties associated with this undertaking. Most importantly, does what he/she says make sense? If you get the feeling that the seller is trying to take your money, not trying to help you, then our suggestion is to move on and find someone else. While providing GS is a business, the seller who does it should also care about the the people and cats they serve. If that seller seems to only care about money, then there is higher chance that he/she will do unscrupulous things for money.
Most of what we wrote above are common sense. Under the duress of an FIP diagnose making decisions can feel overwhelming. When in doubt, write to us. We are happy to connect you with the right group or point you in the right direction for information.
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