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Ampyra is First Symptom Management Drug Developed Specifically to Treat MS, the First Oral MS Therapy Approved for MS, and the First New FDA Approved Therapy to Come Through the MS Pipeline Since 2004
Date:1/23/2010

FDA Approves Fampridine SR, Now Called Ampyra, to Improve Walking for People With All Types of Multiple Sclerosis

NEW YORK, Jan. 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the marketing of Ampyra™ (dalfampridine, formerly known as fampridine SR, from Acorda Therapeutics) for its ability to improve walking speed in people with any type of multiple sclerosis.

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Ampyra is the first therapy specifically approved to treat a symptom of MS, and as an oral drug it represents a big step forward for many people who may benefit from its use.  Ampyra is also the first new FDA approved therapy for MS since 2004.   http://www.nationalmssociety.org/news/news-detail/index.aspx?nid=2586

"The FDA's approval of Ampyra is wonderful news for many people with MS who experience problems with walking," said John R. Richert, MD, Executive Vice President for Research & Clinical Programs at the National MS Society. "This brings a welcome symptomatic therapy that may restore some function and make a real difference in quality of life for a large number of people with different types of MS."

Further study and clinical practice may help determine the extent to which the drug may imp
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