I was curious when the Fingolimod trial nurse called and said I needed to talk with her before I started the extension phase of the trial. I'm going to complete my first 2-year phase in January, so now I go into the extension phase. Saint Louisans: they closed Highway Forty when I started this, that's how long I've been in the trial.
The nurse had good news. A benefit of the extension phase is that even if you had been taking the placebo before, you are promised the real drug now. There are two doses given of the real drug: .5 and .05. She explained both doses work equally well, and since the high dose might have taken out those two people who died, the maker is dropping the high dose and everyone gets the equally effective low dose.
So! I'm pretty sure I've been on the high dose, so this is an improvement for me. Half the calories, all the flavor! Tastes great, less killing!