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    The Top 7 Craziest Drugs in the Pipeline

    Not all drugs are incredible—and sometimes even the incredible ones have weird origins.

     

    Vitamin B

    3. A Radical New Drug?

    Sometimes the hottest new drug is available for $3.99 in the supplement section of your pharmacy. Biotin—formerly known as vitamin H and now called vitamin B7—is now in phase 3 trials for the treatment of progressive MS. MedDay Pharmaceuticals is currently assessing high-dose biotin.

    In one pilot study of 23 patients, 21 patients (91.3%) improved clinically. Four patients with prominent visual impairment related to optic nerve injury “improved significantly.” One patient kept improving from 2 to 16 months following treatment, and 16 patients with prominent spinal cord involvement improved 2 to 8 months following treatment.

    There are currently no approved drugs for progressive MS—proving that even the most mundane treatments could provide huge benefits for patients.

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