MS hope from ‘off-the-shelf’ drugs
Existing drugs for motor neurone disease, asthma and heart disease are being tested as possible treatments for advanced multiple sclerosis (MS).
About 500 people with late-stage MS are to enrol in clinical trials in England and Scotland to see if three common drugs can slow disease progression.
Research suggests the medicines may protect the brain from further damage.
There is currently no treatment for secondary progressive MS, a form of the disease marked by increased disability.
About 100,000 people are living with MS in the UK. Symptoms include problems with walking, balance, speech, vision and extreme fatigue.