New arthritis drugs answer to men’s hair needs?

Arthritis drug doubles as hair-fertilizer
[Via Daily news from Science]

A class of drugs already approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for treating rheumatoid arthritis is raising hairs in the research community—literally. Previous studies had shown that Janus kinase inhibitors, including tofacitinib and ruxolitinib, can treat alopecia areata, an autoimmune disease that causes bald patches when immune cells attack hair follicles.

There is still a long way to go. This seems to work when the hair follicles are inhibited from growing. We do not know if it will work for male-pattern baldness.

Those hair follicles are likely being inhibited also but whether the same pathway is used will be the focus of more owrk.

If it works, I wonder just how much the companies will charge? Probably depends on how often it has to be applied.

But if it works, they will make billions.

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