Study: Gleevec may boost efficacy of stroke therapy

06/22/2008 | Reuters

An international team of scientists who induced stroke in mice found that those that received Novartis AG's leukemia drug Gleevec experienced 33% less blood vessel leakage linked to tissue plasminogen activator, a clot-dissolving drug. The findings suggest that Gleevec may help reduce tPA-related adverse events and increase the number of patients who could receive the stroke therapy. The researchers plan to begin human trials of the drug combination in the next few months.

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