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Riluzole for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
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The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved 'early access' use of riluzole (Rilutek - Rh ne-Poulenc Rorer) for treatment of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). is the first drug to become available for treatment of this condition. The premarketing supply is limited; the manufacturer (1-800-798-7425) has enough on hand to treat 3,000 of the 25,000 patients with the disease in the USA, and those 3,000 have already been selected through a lottery. Similar arrangements have been made in several European countries. Riluzole is not available commercially in any country. ... more
     
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