New Drugs In Development

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New Drugs In Development

Post by Oozz »

Hello -

In the most recent California RLS support group, the following information was discussed:

“At 2:40 PM, Dr. Mark Buchfuhrer, the group’s medical advisor, shared information regarding a new drug protocol for treating RLS, as well as two new nonpharmaceutical devices that are currently in clinical trials. According to the doctor, all new approaches are in the early phases of usage and study.”

I was wondering if anyone had any insight on the new drug protocol or the devices that were discussed.

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Re: New Drugs In Development

Post by badnights »

They say a new drug protocol... could be an existing drug or multiple drugs being used in a new way.
Don't know what any of those new things might be, though. I 'd like to know as well.
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Re: New Drugs In Development

Post by stjohnh »

I don't know, but there are good indications that there is a real trial of dipyridamole (an adenosine booster) going on in Europe. While that is not a new drug, if the outcome of the trial is positive, dipyridamole may be added to existing protocols. This may be "better" than a completely new drug, as it takes many years from development to FDA approval. Since dipyridamole is already on the market, it is just a matter of getting the study done and publishing the results. Both Rachel (legsbestill) and I have used dipyridamole with good results.

There is also some evidence that an RLS indication for Injectafer (IV iron preparation) has been submitted to the FDA. If that is added to the FDA approved indications, it should make much easier RLS patients to get IV iron infusions. Currently FDA has approved Injectafer ONLY for iron deficiency anemia, complicating acceptance by doctors who may be considering using it for RLS.

These are the two that have a real chance to improve the lives of RLS patients in 5 years or less.

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