Sep 27, 2016 theguardian.com

Ruxolitinib: A "Miracle Cure" For Hair Loss?

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Is ruxolitinib the drug everyone suffering from baldness has been waiting for? Don’t get too excited just yet …

Name: Ruxolitinib.

Brand name: Jakavi.

Molecular formula: C17H18N6.

Full name: (3R)-3-cyclopentyl-3-(4-{7H-pyrrolo[2,3-d]pyrimidin-4-yl}pyrazol-1-yl)propanenitrile.

Let’s stick with ruxolitinib. Fine.

What is it? It’s a miracle!

In what way? It regrows people’s hair. New trial results from the Columbia University Medical Center show that three-quarters of the patients treated with the drug got most of their hair back. In fact, 77% of those who responded to the treatment got at least 95% of it back.

Hallelujah! The holy grail of drug research has been achieved! Homer Simpson can get back the key to the executive washroom, and someone’s going to be a billionaire! It’s not quite that miraculous.

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