Patient will receive the first FDA-approved treatment for ALS in 22 years on Friday at 11 AM
An Allegheny General Hospital (AGH) patient will be among the first in the United States to receive a newly approved medication for the treatment of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). The patient, Rene Fogarty, of Turtle Creek will receive the intravenous therapy, RADICAVA™ (edaravone), this morning at the ALS Center at Allegheny Health Network – an ALS Association Certified Treatment Center of Excellence.
ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. Eventually, people with ALS lose the ability to initiate and control muscle movement, which often leads to total paralysis and death within two to five years of diagnosis. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that approximately 12,000-15,000 Americans have ALS.
RADICAVA was approved by the FDA in May as the first new treatment option in 22 years for adult patients diagnosed with ALS. According to Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma America, Inc., distributor of RADICAVA, approval was based on results of a six-month clinical trial in which the drug was shown to slow the decline in loss of physical function by 33 percent. [Read more…]