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Rhone-Poulenc Rorer Rilutek (riluzole) for ALS approved Dec. 12, five-and-a-half months after NDA submission.

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RPR's RILUTEK FOR ALS WILL BE AVAILABLE WITHIN SIX WEEKS following FDA approval of the first treatment for patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig's disease) on Dec. 12. Rhone-Poulenc Rorer said its "number one goal is to make the drug available to ALS patients as quickly as possible." Rilutek will be available within six weeks as a 50 mg tablet to be administered twice daily. The company will officially launch the product Jan. 10 when it will discuss availability and patient support services.

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