Goat Blood Drug "Offers MS Hope"

Multiple sclerosis patients are being given hope following trials of a drug made from goats' blood, doctors say. An Oxford University study found two weeks of injections of the anti-inflammatory drug improved the vision of the 11 patients. One of the most common features of MS, which affects 80,000 people in the UK, is problems with eyesight caused by inflammation of the optic nerve. MS experts said more research was needed into the treatment. The drug, called Aimspro, is not licensed in any country yet, but makers Daval International said they hoped to be granted one within a year. More than 200 UK patients are being treated with Aimspro on a named patients basis whereby the doctors take responsibility for giving the drug.

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