Tysabri appears OK for expectant mothers with MS

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Tysabri appears OK for expectant mothers with MS

Postby MSUK » Wed May 02, 2012 2:00 am

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Accidental fetal exposure to natalizumab did not appear associated with shorter mean birth length, lower mean birth weight, or lower mean gestational age in pregnant multiple sclerosis patients, according to small studies presented here.

Based on data from an MS and MS and pregnancy registry in Germany, seven babies born to MS patients were exposed to natalizumab (Tysabri) during the third trimester and two were found to have profound anemia at birth, but both recovered and all the infants in the group are now healthy, said Kerstin Hellwig, MD, from St. Josef Hospital/Ruhr University in Bochum, at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Neurology.

Women with MS are often advised to discontinue disease-modifying drugs prior to conceiving -- Hellwig noted that current recommendations call for suspension of natalizumab therapy 3 months prior to a planned pregnancy -- but accidental exposure still occurs.... Read More - http://www.msrc.co.uk/index.cfm/fuseact ... ageid/1905
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