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A 20 year old man from Ireland claims to be free of the Creutzfeld-Jakob disease after taking the experimental drug, pentosan polysulphate (a blood-thinning, anti-inflammatory drug). If this is true, he will be the first person to have the disease who has been technically cured. He was given months to live after being diagnosed with the condition three years ago. Through the courts, he won the right to try the drug even though it had only ever been tested on animals. The drug was administered directly to his brain.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by Medical News Today
About: First long term survivor of CJD saved by experimental drug
Date: 14 December 2004
Source: Medical News Today
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