Savient Pharmaceuticals Drug Could Help Gout Sufferers

October 28, 2008

Savient Pharmaceuticals has a new drug which may be a safe way to treat serious cases of gout..............Washington (ChattahBox) – Savient Pharmaceuticals has a new drug which may be a safe way to treat serious cases of gout.

There has not been a new drug to treat gout in the U.S. in nearly a half-century.

The study was led by Dr. John Sundy of Duke University Medical Center in North Carolina, and was presented at a meeting of the American College of Rheumatology in San Francisco.

The new drug is called pegloticase, and works basically by imitating an enzyme which people who have the gout lack.

In a phase III trial, researchers have found that the drug is highly effective in reducing uric acid levels.

Uric acid is usually what causes the most pain from the disease.

The trial revealed that the drug was very safe and effective in helping lower uric acid levels.

40% of those given the drug were able to keep uric acid levels down for 6 months.

It began working within 6 hours of it being taken by the patient through infusion.


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