Information sheets on potential therapies

There is one medication approved for treatment of MND in Australia – riluzole (sold as Rilutek™ or APO-Riluzole). 

MND Australia has created some information sheets to provide additional details on therapies or treatments that you may have read about in the media or international forums. The therapies described have not been approved for use in Australia in motor neurone disease patients. These information sheets are designed to assist people living with MND to make informed decisions about their care and treatment. People living with MND are encouraged to discuss any therapies they hear about with their neurologist, GP or care team. 

Click here to read MND Australia's position statement on alternative therapies. 


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NurOwn is a process that is specifically targeted to grow a person’s own stem cells into a form that can then help stimulate growth of brain cells (MSC-NTF cells). The NurOwn process is part of a treatment involving the stem cells being removed from a person’s bone marrow, and then grown outside their body in the Brainstorm laboratories. More about NurOwn.

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In 2015, regulatory bodies approved edaravone to treat people with MND in Japan and South Korea. Subsequently, MT Pharma America submitted an application to the FDA for regulatory approval in the US. This application was approved by the FDA on 5 May 2017. Mitsubishi Tanabe Japan is responsible for making an application to the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) to approve edaravone for the treatment of MND in Australia. As yet no application has been made. More about edaravone




News stories on access to and use of medicinal cannabis often capture the interest of people living with MND. There are many online claims that treatments derived from cannabis could slow progression or relieve symptoms for people living with MND; however, currently there is limited evidence or research supporting these claims. More on cannabis and MND

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