" Since the drug was pulled off the market, we now have the two- year data and it tells us the drug is better than earlier data on which the initial approval was based - in terms of safety, efficacy and EDSS quality of life scores. "
" Over 50 per cent of the patients on the drug for more than six months show complete stoppage of signs of progression of MS. "
The company accepts that it is going to be a monotherapy drug but, as Elan research chief Lars Eckman noted yesterday, investigation since the suspension of Tysabri indicates that it is only a minority of MS patients that will be at risk to the neurological disease that led to the drug's suspension.
" At the end of the day, it is going to be a patient demand product. I believe patient demand is as high or higher than it was a year ago. "
" I also think Tysabri now, perversely, is now the best understood drug in the history of the pharmaceutical business. "
" So I see no reason from a medical point of view why Tysabri won't be the dominant MS therapy until there is one that is better than it. "
I thought you were having Novantrone? Has this had the expected effect? Would you be allowed to start Tysabri having been on a powerful immuno-suppressant?
Current talks between regulators and Elan are understood to be focusing on what the company must do to ensure that doctors prescribing the treatment recognise immediately any symptoms that might suggest the early onset of PML.
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