Weekly Dose: multiple sclerosis drug fingolimod comes from fungus Chinese medicine calls ‘eternal youth’

Fingolimod is a drug used to treat multiple sclerosis (MS), an autoimmune disease. It is an immunosuppressant, which means it works by suppressing the immune system. Fingolimod is an oral medication and is marketed in Australia under the brand name Gilenya®. What is multiple sclerosis? Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic disabling disease that involves the central nervous system, made up of the brain and spinal cord. While the exact cause of MS is unknown, current evidence suggests an abnormal immune-system response leads to the development of increased numbers of white blood cells, called lymphocytes. This causes damage to the…
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