MORE THAN MS?
ANCHOR LEAD: CAN A DRUG THAT HELPS MUSCLE LOSS IN MS BE USED ELSEWHERE? ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
Losartan is a blood pressure medication that looks very promising as a treatment for muscle wasting in the most common form of muscular dystrophy. Hal Dietz, who’s studying the drug at Johns Hopkins, says if it works in this disease it may well be helpful in a wide variety of muscle conditions.
DIETZ: Certainly when people have a crush injury or some other form of catastrophic injury there is a strong stimulus for muscle regeneration. It is possible that Losartan will be able to accelerate that process or sustain that process, so we are also looking at acquired forms of muscle disease including injury. It is also known that as we age, our ability to regenerate our muscle gradually declines and we are also exploring whether Losartan will work to improve muscle function in people later in life. :33
Since losartan is already used clinically less time should elapse for it to be tested more widely. I’m Elizabeth Tracey reporting.