RCH4 is an unlicensed, unapproved product reported to “probably slow the progression of your ALS” (6) on a website. The only peer reviewed publication we found on this product is a single abstract which was never presented at a meeting. We have been unable to determine RCH4’s structure or chemical class, and its purported mechanism is one that has never been shown to be useful in treating PALS before. We have been unable to independently verify RCH4’s reported efficacy or even safety. Thus, at this time, we cannot advise PALS to use this product. We hope the proponents of RCH4 will someday present more useful information about their product at a scientific meeting or in a peer reviewed publication.
We believe that regulatory oversight is important for optimizing patient safety on experimental drugs, and that independent peer review and replication are fundamentals of good science. Caution should be exercised around any product being developed and in clinical use without these safeguards and fundamentals in place.
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