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ALS patients eye new drug showing success in delaying disease onset, progression

SAN ANTONIO – A drug in its early growth levels is catching the eye of the ALS neighborhood.

ALS, often known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a progressive degeneration of nerve cells in the spinal wire and brain, ultimately resulting in paralysis and bother respiratory or swallowing. The disease has no remedy.

Juan Reyes was identified with ALS in 2015.

“I was in denial. Initially is extremely overwhelming,” he stated. “It’s a double-edged sword because you’re glad they have an answer and a name for what is happening, but you’re also devastated because everyone with ALS passes away.”

To assist address the analysis, he joined the extremely robust and vocal ALS neighborhood in San Antonio that provides assist and carefully watches for developments in analysis.

Excitement got here with the current announcement that the FDA was classifying a new drug out of Israel that has seen success in delaying the onset and progression of ALS.


The drug by Neuromagen Pharma Ltd., at the moment referred to as AGS-499, acquired what’s referred to as Orphan Drug Designation which is used for promising remedies of uncommon illnesses.

The FDA designation offers monetary and regulatory advantages because the workforce strikes towards medical trials.

“Treatment that might stave off ALS for your first generation is astounding,” Reyes stated.

When Reyes examine AGS-499, he instantly considered a particular group in the ALS neighborhood.

“They’re referred to as pre-symptomatic familial ALS members. What that means is that they carry the gene for ALS, but they have and developed ALS yet,” he defined.

“We have to be pragmatic and cautiously optimistic, but it doesn’t mean we can’t hope for a successful trial and eventually approval by the FDA,” Reyes continued.

Though analysis can transfer slowly, and ALS can transfer shortly, Reyes stated he’ll by no means cease discovering positivity in even the slightest glimmers of hope.


“All we really desire is to be around and with our families making memories,” he stated.

That easy but highly effective want shapes his perspective day-after-day.

He encourages any ALS patients and relations to affix the ALS Association and develop into a part of the neighborhood.


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