FDA OK's first gout drug in 40 years

February 16, 2009 3:22:20 PM PST
New weapon against painful condition afecting 5 million Americans

The government has OK'd a new drug for gout - the first in 40 years for the painful condition.

Uloric is designed to lower levels of uric acid in the bloodstream. it is a xanthine oxidase inhibitor.

Gout is a form of inflammatory arthritis that often affects one joint - usually the big toe.

However, it can affect a variety of joints in the body.

Uloric was studied on clinical trials involving more than 4,000 patients, some taking the drug for up to 5 years.

The most commonly reported adverse reactions were liver function abnormalities, nausea, joint pain, and rash.

About 5 million americans suffer from gout, and that number is growing.

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