Asthma Drug Albuterol May Help Treat MS
Study Shows Albuterol Has Potential to Help MS Patients When Added to Other Treatments
National MS Society spokesman Nicholas LaRocca, PhD, says larger studies are needed to confirm the findings.
"This is a promising study, but it was small," he tells WebMD. "I think it would be premature to recommend adding this to treatment based on one study."
But Khoury says since albuterol is now generic, its manufacturers have little financial incentive to conduct additional research.
As researchers search for new and better MS treatments, LaRocca says taking a closer look at drugs that are already available makes sense.
"The cost of developing new drugs is astronomical," he says. "If there are drugs already out there that are not overly expensive and can be used with the currently available treatments, that is certainly worth exploring."