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FDA approves first drug for Huntington's disease
Date:8/15/2008

dications. But doctors in the United Kingdom found it to be effective to treat the excessive involuntary movements of Huntington's.

Much of the work that led to the approval of tetrabenazine was carried out by the Huntington Study Group, a non-profit, cooperative group of Huntington's disease experts from medical centers throughout North America, Europe and Australia who are dedicated to improving treatment for persons affected by the disease. HSG is supported by the Huntington's Disease Society of America, the Hereditary Disease Foundation, the Huntington Society of Canada, and the High Q Foundation.

The president of HSG is neurologist Ira Shoulson, M.D., a University of Rochester professor who is widely recognizing for revolutionizing the way clinical trials are done for neurological conditions like Parkinson's and Huntington's diseases. The study of tetrabenazine would have been nearly impossible to do without the cooperation of doctors, nurses and patients across the nation, made possible through Shoulson's groundbreaking work with HSG. Another Rochester scientist, Peter Como, Ph.D., associate professor of Neurology, is a nationally recognized expert in the neuropsychological aspects of the disease and has been involved in studies of the medication.


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Contact: Tom Rickey
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585-275-7954
University of Rochester Medical Center
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