Iranian researchers have produced the active ingredient needed to produce Riluzole, a drug used to treat neurological diseases such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).
"Riluzole is a benzothiazole derivative of and is also used to treat conditions such as insomnia, anxiety and hysteria," said project director, Ali-Reza Forumandi.
"Since there is great demand for this type of drug in the country, the products manufactured in Iran would allow many people get this medicine at a lower price," said Forumandi.
Riluzole's monopoly is in the hands of a multinational in France and the United States.
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (abbreviated ALS, also called Lou Gehrig's disease, and in France, Charcot) is a neuromuscular degenerative type disease. It occurs when some nerve cells called motor neurons gradually reduce their unctioning and die, causing progressive muscle paralysis with a mortal prognosis.
In its advanced stages, patients experience total paralysis accompanied by an exaltation of tendon reflexes (resulting in the loss of the inhibitory muscular control panel).
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