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The Med & Mic™ 03.31.22

The Med & Mic™ 03.31.22

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Close Vote on ALS Drug

The advisory panel to the FDA voted against approval of a new medicine for ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease. A single study from the drug company was presented. Six panelists concluded that it failed to show the drug's effectiveness and voted no. Four panelists voted yes. More than two dozen people spoke during the public comment portion of the meeting, including people with ALS, their families, and doctors. Dr. Teresa Buracchio of the FDA pointed out in an article from the AP the data was flawed, “even with the recognition that ALS is a rare disease, with a relentless course that has an enormous unmet medical need.” The FDA is not obligated to follow the advice of its panel, but it usually does. A final decision is expected in June.

Aphasia Ends Actor’s Career

The family of actor Bruce Willis announced on social media that he has aphasia and will be retiring from acting. More from the New York Post. Here’s my take from a neurologist's point of view: Aphasia (A-Fay-Zjuh) is a finding on examination. There are different types of aphasia, such as expressive aphasia, where a person has trouble speaking, and receptive aphasia, where a person has difficulty understanding. Aphasia isn’t a diagnosis per se, but a sign of something else, such as a stroke, a tumor, or a degenerative condition. When someone has aphasia, doctors order tests to figure out why.

Ivermectin Does Not Cut COVID Hospitalization

The anti-parasitic drug ivermectin does not reduce risk of hospitalization with COVID. Researchers in Brazil studied more than 1,300 people. Half got ivermectin, half got placebo. The group that got ivermectin did not have a lower incidence of hospital admission. The study appears in the New England Journal of Medicine. The FDA and CDC have issued warnings against using ivermectin to treat COVID. More from NPR and ABC News.

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