New Gout Drug has Been Flagged by FDA

May 14, 2012 by Julia.

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A potential new gout drug, brand named Arcalyst, has been flagged during its clinical trials by the FDA. Although the data shows that Arcalyst works as it should, to help lower uric acid levels as an addition to allopurinol, the FDA says its negative side effects may outweigh its positives. According to MedPage Today, Arcalyst can cause malignancies.

However, this drug is considered to fall into the 'unmet medical need' group. That is, the drug can be given to those who can not tolerate the usual gout medications, such as Colcrys, or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. Arcalyst could also be a useful prescribing tool for doctors with patients who may have drug interactions.

Until this drug is approved, gout sufferers will have to use what medication are on the market for this painful conditions. Colcrys, one of the most popular gout medications, is made from the extremely inexpensive autumn crocus, but is produced by only one American manufacturer.

Read more about Arcalyst and the FDA here.


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New Gout Recommendations Highlight Lifestyle Changes

May 29, 2012 by Estella.

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New gout recommendations from the American Society of Clinical Rheumatologists (ASCR), published in Postgraduate Medicine, highlight updated management recommendations for patients with acute gout. There are a total of 26 key recommendations, 10 for diagnosis and 16 of management.

Gout in the U.S. has risen and now affects 8.3 million people approximately 4% of the adult population. New finding suggests that the risk of gout is nearly double in those who were obese compared with those who were not obese.

Instead of challenging, restrictive dieting, patients are encouraged to consume a balanced diet of fresh fruit and vegetables, low-fat dairy products, nuts and grains. More importantly, patients should limit their intake of high fructose corn syrup, a common ingredient in many processed foods and drinks, and purine-rich foods, particularly red meat, beer and shellfish. Managing other conditions is extremely important in gout patients. Making changes to diet and lifestyle may not be enough for patients who also have health risks such as hypertension, obesity and smoking.

"Gout Awareness Day is an opportunity for medical professionals to focus attention on this disease that affects so many, yet has little understanding by the public," said Dr. N. Lawrence Edwards.

Low-dose colchicine is better tolerated and is as effective as a high dose. To read the full release, please visit: http://www.multivu.com/mnr/56234-gout-uric-acid-education-arthritis-lifestyle-change-treatment-options


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