The Courier-Mail

New drug gives hope

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A NEW drug promising to stop the major cause of chronic kidney failure in its tracks and save patients around the world needing transplant­s or a life on dialysis has been developed by Australian scientists.

In a world-first study, a team from Monash University and Monash Health in Melbourne have been able to halt the progressio­n of diabetic kidney disease and even reverse some of its damage.

Gilead Sciences is now adapting its drug to a clinical trial in 300 US patients which will take at least two years.

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