TYSABRI® Recommended by NICE for Use in Highly Active Relapsing Remitting Multiple Sclerosis in the Final Appraisal Determination
03 July 2007
New Hope For People With Highly Active Multiple Sclerosis.
Biogen Idec and Elan Corporation welcome today’s announcement by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) in the final appraisal determination which recommended use of TYSABRI® (natalizumab) in people with highly active relapsing remitting multiple sclerosis (RRMS). TYSABRI is the first treatment for multiple sclerosis to be recommended for use by NICE.
“This decision offers people with highly active relapsing remitting multiple sclerosis hope of regaining control of their disease,” commented Professor Gavin Giovannoni, The Royal London Hospital. “TYSABRI represents a significant advance in MS treatment, offering real hope of delaying the progression of disability and reducing the frequency of relapses.”
Highly active RRMS (defined as two or more disabling relapses in one year and an active MRI scan) has a devastating effect on the lives of the individual and their families. These patients experience more relapses and will become disabled more quickly than those people with typical RRMS. This inevitably means that they will not be able to enjoy an active life combined with the strong probability that they, and the family members who care for them, will be unable to work. In these patients, MS progresses twice as quickly as those with less active forms of the disease.
TYSABRI is the first treatment to be specifically licensed for highly active RRMS. Over two years, treatment with TYSABRI leads to a 68% relative reduction in clinical relapses and a 54% relative reduction in the risk of sustained disability progression compared with placebo.
Hans Peter Hasler, Head of Biogen Idec International, added, “Multiple sclerosis can be a devastating condition if not treated appropriately, and we are very pleased that NICE has recommended in the final appraisal determination that patients with highly active relapsing remitting multiple sclerosis should have access to treatments like TYSABRI. With successful treatment with TYSABRI, highly active relapsing remitting multiple sclerosis patients are more likely to be able to continue to work, maintain active social lives, and spend quality time with their families.”
“TYSABRI is the first treatment to be recommended for use by NICE, a significant milestone for patients suffering from MS. This final appraisal firmly supports patients and their physicians having access to TYSABRI with its compelling benefits in the treatment of MS,” said Dr. Menghis Bairu, SVP, Head of Elan International.
As of late May, TYSABRI is already offering hope to approximately 12,000 patients on therapy in both commercial use and clinical trials in the US, Germany, France, Ireland and many other countries.
Source: Biogen Idec and Elan Corporation (03/07/07)