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New Drug May Relieve Severe, Tough-to-Treat Gout
Date:8/16/2011

st majority of patients can be appropriately and adequately managed with existing medications. The target for this new approach is clearly not the run-of-the-mill gout patient."

"But for that very small group of patients for whom none of the other options work, or for whom there are intolerances, this is a new way to go," Neogi said.

"And what's worth pointing out," she added, "is that this works by way of a completely different mechanism of action than our existing drugs. Rather than turning off the uric acid faucet or pulling open a drain, this drug goes in there like a bucket and simply removes the stuff. So this is truly unique and exciting."

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For more on gout, visit the U.S. National Library of Medicine.

SOURCES: Michael A. Becker, M.D., professor emeritus, medicine, University of Chicago; Tuhina Neogi, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor, medicine, department of medicine, Boston University School of Medicine, and associate professor, epidemiology, Boston University School of Public Health; Aug. 17, 2011, Journal of the American Medical Association


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