RT001 has a novel mechanism for reducing oxidative stress that could theoretically work better than more traditional antioxidants. In the small trial of patients with Friedreich’s ataxia, it seems to be safe and well-tolerated at lower dosages but can cause nausea and diarrhea at higher doses. At the time of this writing, there is very little efficacy or safety data in PALS. An expanded access program is underway which allows PALS at certain clinics to try this compound free of charge. Data resulting from this expanded access program will help the planning of a possible future clinical trial.
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