Great news from the medical front today, as the FDA has recommended a new treatment for a disease that affects 5 out of 9 older sitcom characters and everyone named “Pappy.”
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.
The new drug has shown some promise in clinical trials, and without the risk of heart side effects that doctors had feared. If the new drug performs as hoped in the open market, researchers hope to tackle other pressing diseases like consumption, the barmaid’s itch, milk leg, dropsy, scrumpox, horrors, mortification and the vapors.
FDA advisers recommend approval of new gout drug [Boston.com]