FDA advisers recommend approval of new gout drug Uloric
Posted Nov 26 2008 12:27pm
Hopefully this one will make it, sounds good. The build up of uric acid combined with someone that also suffers with diabetes can really create on restrictive diet for what they can eat and this could stand to treat as well as perhaps bring a little quality of life back to helping with allowing additional foods to consume for those who suffer with gout. BD
About 5 million people in the U.S. suffer from gout, a form of arthritis caused by a build-up of uric acid in the blood. Uloric, as the new drug is called, works by reducing levels of uric acid. In healthy people, uric acid is dissolved in the blood and excreted from the body in urine. But high levels lead to the formation of needle-like crystals that become deposited in the joints, causing intense pain and swelling. Many patients experience their first attack of gout in the big toe. The disease can progress, causing deformities.