FDA seems poised to approve a new drug for ALS, but does it work?

(By Jon Hamilton for NPR)

The Food and Drug Administration is likely to approve a controversial new drug for ALS by the end of the month.

But it’s still not clear whether the drug, called AMX0035, truly helps people with ALS, a rare and fatal neurological disorder that eventually leaves a person unable to walk, talk, swallow and breathe.

In March, the FDA’s Peripheral and Central Nervous System Drugs Advisory Committee concluded that a study of 137 ALS patients did not provide “substantial evidence” that AMX0035 was effective. Continue reading here…

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