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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – These are the drugs covered in Tom Oneal’s special on FOX 2 News “Beacons Of Hope”. They have been developed in the last few years to successfully treat and cure these devastating diseases.
Interleukin-2 – This drug is used treat skin melanomas and kidney cancer. It is also being studied for use against some leukemias, lymphomas, and other cancers, as well as some other diseases. More info
Kalydeco – An oral medication to the treat cystic fibrosis. It has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. It is the first drug available that targets a faulty gene and its protein product that is the cause of cystic fibrosis. More info
Asfotase Alfa – This drug offers hope for rare, deadly disorder called HPP. It treats a rare genetic enzyme deficiency that causes bone softening and muscle weakness and can lead to severe lung problems and damage to other vital organs. It affects about 1 in 100,000 newborns worldwide. About half of infants with a severe form of the disease do not survive beyond one year. More info
Organizations Featured In This Report:
St. Louis University Hospital – http://www.sluhospital.com
Cyctic Fibrosis Foundation – http://cff.org/
Soft Bones Foundation – http://www.softbones.org/