When is a Drug Safe and Effective Enough?

In Analysis by Michael Rae

Friedreich’s Ataxia (sometimes shortened to FA) is a disease that slowly damages the nervous system over time. Often, FA results in difficulty controlling muscle movements, impaired sensory function, spinal curvature, and a host of other serious health concerns. Symptoms of FA usually begin during early or late childhood and last the duration of the victim’s lifetime (which is often shortened). While FA is rare (about 5,000 Americans currently have it), those with it can only receive treatment for symptoms. 
Fortunately, the FDA granted fast-track designation for an experimental FA treatment named Omaveloxolone in 2022 after it demonstrated the ability to slow

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