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Need More And Better Drugs To Tackle Stoke

Stroke is one of the common causes of death among the Americans. Nearly 500000 people suffer the first stroke and 200000 suffer from recurrent attack of stroke. Though it has been a major cause of death doctors are prescribing the same drug that was discovered ten years ago. //There has not been any new significant study on the treatment of stroke patients.

Thee dug activase was the drug that created a major break through in the treatment of stroke and is still the only drug available. This drug is produced by the biotech firm, Genentech and is available only for a small number of patients.

Mark Alberts of Northwestern University in Chicago says that this drug is used only by 3-4% of the patients. But now after creating a lot awareness among the people the scenario is changing for the better.

Activase (tissue plasminogen activator or tPA) sales are on the rise. Statistics published in the February issue of the journal Neurology found that the dug was used by 17000 patients. The use of Activase doubled in the 11 centers of stroke treatment. Vanja Douglas of the University of California-San Francisco and her colleagues said that in one particular center the use of activase jumped from 1.5% of patients to 10.5%.

The government is also taking all possible measures to increase the use of activase among the stroke patients. It has issued a ruling that U.S. Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services pay all the hospitals $11,578, who treat stroke patients with Activase, which is double the amount they were paid previously.

Joseph Broderick, neurologist at the University of Cincinnati said that a lot of other researches are in the pipeline to protect the people from Stroke. Stoke is mainly due to the complete blocking of the blood supply to the brain. This can arise when the clot obstructs the passage of the artery. About 85% of the strokes cases are due to the arterial blocks that supply blood along with nutrients
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