Teva to test oral MS drug Laquinimod in combination therapy

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Teva to test oral MS drug Laquinimod in combination therapy

Postby MSUK » Thu Oct 11, 2012 11:41 am


Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. will test its experimental multiple-sclerosis pill in combination therapies as the company mounts a response to oral competitors to its best-selling injection Copaxone.

The Israeli company is likely to start two clinical trials next year combining laquinimod with other drugs, President of Global Research and Development and Chief Scientific Officer Michael Hayden said in an interview at an MS conference in Lyon, France. One of the trials may seek to combine laquinimod with Copaxone, Hayden said.

“We haven’t pulled the trigger on it but we are getting very close,” Hayden said, referring to the possible combination with Copaxone. In multiple sclerosis, “nobody uses combination therapy. It’s really strange.” Combining another treatment to laquinimod would mean a “paradigm change” in the the care of multiple sclerosis, Hayden said.

“With the dual mechanisms, we have a chance to do that,” he said.

Teva is searching for a new approach to MS treatments as Copaxone’s dominance begins to be threatened by pills such as Novartis AG’s Gilenya and Biogen Idec Inc’s BG-12, which is awaiting a decision from U.S. regulators. Teva also said today that it’s submitting its three-times weekly version of Copaxone for approval in the beginning of 2013.... Read More - ... ageid/1735
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