BILL NO. 58

(as introduced)

3rd Session, 61st General Assembly
Nova Scotia
60 Elizabeth II, 2011



Private Member's Bill



Multiple Sclerosis Liberation Therapy Act



Alfie MacLeod
Cape Breton West



First Reading: May 5, 2011

Second Reading:

Third Reading:

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An Act to Require Clinical Trials Respecting
Multiple Sclerosis Liberation Therapy

Be it enacted by the Governor and Assembly as follows:

1 This Act may be cited as the Multiple Sclerosis Liberation Therapy Act.

2 In this Act,

(a) "Advisory Panel" means the advisory panel established pursuant to this Act;

(b) "Foundation" means the Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation;

(c) "Fund" means the Multiple Sclerosis Liberation Therapy Fund established by this Act;

(d) "liberation therapy" means the therapy pioneered by Dr Paolo Zamboni of Ferrara, Italy, for the treatment of chronic cerebro-spinal venous insufficiency in persons with multiple sclerosis;

(e) "Minister" means the Minister of Health;

(f) "Peer-review Panel" means the peer-review panel established pursuant to this Act.

3 On or before June 15, 2011, the Minister shall establish an Advisory Panel of experts from the Province and from other jurisdictions to advise on the liberation therapy.

4 The Advisory Panel shall advise the Foundation on

(a) the criteria for a call for research proposals on clinical trials in the Province of the liberation therapy; and

(b) the selection of a research proposal to be funded pursuant to this Act.

5 On or before July 15, 2011, the Foundation shall issue a call for proposals for clinical trials of the liberation therapy.

6 The Foundation shall establish an expert Peer-review Panel to select a proposal for clinical trials of the liberation therapy.

7 Subject to Section 10, the clinical trials of the liberation therapy must begin by October 30, 2011.

8 Subject to Section 10, the Minister shall establish a Multiple Sclerosis Liberation Therapy Fund of five million dollars for clinical trials of the liberation therapy.

9 The Foundation shall use the Fund to

(a) pay the remuneration and expenses of the Advisory Panel and the Peer-review Panel;

(b) pay the cost of the clinical trials of the liberation therapy.

10 The moneys required for the purpose of this Act must be paid out of moneys appropriated for that purpose by the Legislature.

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