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Recent controversies around the new uricosuric drug lesinurad, she said, center on disappointing sales revenues. Data show that when combined with a xanthine oxidase inhibitor (XOI), lesinurad reduces uric acid compared to XOI alone. However, this drug carries a high price tag, about $394 per month, compared with other drugs used to treat gout, including allopurinol ($10 per month) and probenecid ($34 per month).
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Dr. Rosenthal also mentioned drugs currently in development have both uricosuric and anti-inflammatory properties, which could simplify some of the complicated drug regimens now used to treat gout.
Mary Beth Nierengarten is a freelance medical journalist based in Minneapolis.
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