Omudhome Ogbru, PharmD
Omudhome Ogbru, PharmD
Dr. Ogbru received his Doctorate in Pharmacy from the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy in 1995. He completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at the University of Arizona/University Medical Center in 1996. He was a Professor of Pharmacy Practice and a Regional Clerkship Coordinator for the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy from 1996-99.
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GENERIC NAME: fingolimod
BRAND NAME: Gilenya
DRUG CLASS AND MECHANISM: Fingolimod is an oral medication used for treating multiple sclerosis (MS). Its mechanism of action is unknown, although it may work by reducing the number of circulating lymphocytes (a type of white blood cell), leading to reduced migration of white blood cells into the central nervous system. White blood cells cause inflammation and destruction of nerves in patients with MS. Fingolimod does not cure MS. It decreases the number of MS flares and slows down the development of physical disability caused by MS. The FDA approved fingolimod in September 2010.
GENERIC AVAILABLE: No
PREPARATIONS: Capsules: 0.5 mg.
STORAGE: Fingolimod should be stored at room temperature, 15-30 C (59-86 F).
PRESCRIBED FOR: Fingolimod is used for reducing the frequency of relapses and for delaying the occurrence of physical disability in patients with relapsing forms of multiple sclerosis.
DOSING: The recommended dose is 0.5 mg orally once daily, with or without food. Doses higher than 0.5 mg cause more adverse reactions without providing additional benefit.
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