New drug could improve walking ability of people with multiple sclerosis

NAPLES — Jeff Cooperstein is waiting for his Naples pharmacy to get a new drug for multiple sclerosis that can improve walking ability of people with the disease.
He fully expects a battle with his insurance carrier over the cost of the drug, Ampyra, which will run him $600 a month.
“It is kind of my forte now,” the 54-year-old retired Pittsburgh police officer, said. “I’ll fight to get it covered but it has to be worth it. I’m anxious to try it.”
His local neurologist, Dr. Matthew Baker, who is treating 300 patients with MS at Collier Neurologic, was told by the manufacturer that Ampyra would be available this month.
The timing would be a boost for people with MS and their support organizations which are conducting fundraisers this month.

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