Calls to the VA were not immediately returned Monday. Lou Gehrig’s disease, or ALS, is a rapidly progressive disease that attacks the nerve cells in charge of controlling voluntary muscles.. 1,200 Vets Wrongly Told They Have ALS At least 1,200 veterans in the united states have been mistakenly told by the Veterans Administration that they suffer from a fatal neurological disease. Among the leaders of a Gulf War veterans group says panicked veterans from Alabama, Florida, Kansas, North Carolina, West Virginia and Wyoming possess contacted the combined group about the mistake. Denise Nichols, the vice president of the National Gulf Battle Resource Middle, says the VA is definitely blaming a coding error for the mistake. Letters dated Aug. 12 were intended to notify veterans who’ve Lou Gehrig’s disease of disability benefits available to them.The EPIC trial was designed to get a 90 percent power to detect a 15 percent absolute improvement in 12-month MMR rate by ponatinib in comparison to imatinib. This was based, in part, on the outcomes of the nilotinib and dasatinib Stage 3 trials. The 12-month MMR prices for the imatinib arms in both of these trials were 22 percent and 28 percent, respectively. Using the even more conservative estimate of the 12-month MMR price for imatinib, the upper bound of the 95th %ile confidence interval for the higher of these two estimates is 34 percent. The ENESTnd trial was designed to demonstrate a 15 percent absolute improvement in 12-month MMR rate comparing nilotinib to imatinib.