We introduced an innovation to the RxISK Prize Fund recently – an opportunity to pledge money rather than just hand it over. This has resulted in a major jump in the fund, thanks to two generous donors.
It is worth visiting the Prize Page to see how these donations have changed the race to be the second most generous donor country – no-one can realistically catch San Marino, except perhaps the Vatican.
This innovation – opens up the possibility of resetting the target for the fund to $250,000. You simple need to write a letter committing to making a certain amount of money available should a cure emerge. The rough wording is as follows.
I, XX, hereby pledge $Y,000 USD to the RxISK Prize Fund in the event that someone produces a cure for Post-SSRI Sexual Dysfunction (PSSD) (or PFS or PRSD/PAS) that is effective and safe and that is ideally available for free to everyone who has this condition.
I am encouraged by the interest of the Mario Negri Institute in treatment induced enduring sexual dysfunctions and believe that their interest means that the time is now right to raise further the profile of these conditions and the need for research on them.
I would like my name added to the list of those who have already made pledges.
I understand that RxISK has a bank of volunteers with severe and enduring PSSD who are willing to try options that seem to have a coherent rationale and some evidence of benefit and safety, i.e. there is some evidence that someone has had it safely and with benefit. The RxISK volunteers will need to be persuaded by the argument and the evidence and, if they are, they will try the proposed remedy.
If the remedy produces a significant and enduring benefit, ideally in 6 of 6 volunteers rather than just 1 of 6, they will let me know. If it seems clear that a clear majority of others affected with enduring sexual dysfunction are likely to respond to this remedy, the Prize can be claimed, and I will forward the money specified above to the Fund.
I understand that RxISK will also make efforts to ensure that the proposed remedy is genuine – that those proposing it have not stolen the idea from others. And will take seriously any other concerns that anyone with PSSD has about the process of deciding whether the remedy works.
In the event that there are significant problems with any aspect of this process, I reserve the right to withhold payment.