FDA Approves Testing Of Potential Life-Saving Drug A Local Patient Needs To Stop Progression Of ALS

Thu 5-9-2019

(Washington, D.C.)-- The Food and Drug Administration Wednesday approved testing for a potential life-saving drug a Storm Lake native needs to stop the progression of Lou Gehrig’s Disease, or ALS.

Jaci Hermstad of Spencer was diagnosed with A-L-S Disease in February. Her twin sister Alex died of the disease in 2011 at the age of 16.

The manufacturing process for the drug was completed on Tuesday. Testing of the medication will take at least six weeks to ensure its safety. Hermstad’s symptoms from ALS continue to progress and she is facing additional physical challenges.

Two-hundred thousand dollars has been raised toward the 700-thousand dollar goal needed to pay for the drug.