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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Multiple Sclerosis Drug Novartis Gains FDA Approval

By ThirdAge News Staff
Posted September 22, 2010 1:00 PM.
Multiple Sclerosis drug Novartis has been approved by The Food and Drug Administration. Federal health regulators have approved the first pill to treat the underlying causes of multiple sclerosis, a debilitating nervous system disorder that has traditionally been treated with injectable drugs. The Food and Drug Administration approved Swiss drugmaker Novartis' treatment Gilenya to reduce relapses in patients with multiple sclerosis, who experiences loss of balance, muscle spasms and other movement problems.

There is no cure for the disease, but steroids can reduce the duration and severity of symptoms in the short term, and seven treatments on the market have had success in reducing recurrence of symptoms.

All involve daily or regular injections, which doctors say discourages some patients from keeping up with their treatment.

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