First Drug To Treat Huntington’s Disease Approved By FDA

August 18, 2008

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has given its approval to the first drug (tetrabenazine) to treat a major symptom of Huntington's disease....Washington (ChattahBox) – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has given its approval to the first drug (tetrabenazine) to treat a major symptom of Huntington’s disease.

Huntington’s disease is linked to the degeneration of brain cells, and is a rare disease which impacts just 30,000 people in the U.S.

The disorder is commonly passed genetically from one generation to another.

This new drug, tetrabenazine, will work to help with a major symptom of the disease, known as chorea.

This symptom keep speople from being able to control their movements in a fluid fashion. It is best-known for causing jerky uncontrollable movements.

The FDA has approved the drug by Prestwick Pharmaceuticals in Washington D.C, to help those suffering.


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