Novartis announced that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the oral multiple sclerosis (MS) treatment Gilenya(TM) (fingolimod) 0.5 mg daily, a first-line treatment for relapsing forms of multiple sclerosis - the most common forms of the disease.
The FDA approval makes Gilenya the first oral treatment indicated for relapsing forms of MS available in the US.
"Today is a significant and encouraging day for people with relapsing forms of MS in the US," said Nicholas LaRocca, Vice President of Healthcare Delivery and Policy Research at the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. "A new treatment option that offers significant efficacy in the convenience of a capsule is a welcome alternative to frequent injections for individuals living with this chronic disease." ... Read More - http://www.msrc.co.uk/index.cfm/fuseact ... ageid/1309
http://www.fiercepharma.com/story/novar ... 2010-09-22
Those links being:
- get the release from Novartis
http://www.fiercepharma.com/press_relea ... al-gilenya
- find the Biogen statement
http://www.fiercepharma.com/press_relea ... gilenya-tm
- see the WSJ piece
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000142 ... lenews_wsj
- check out the Bloomberg story
http://noir.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid ... eE6UBOEIsQ
- read the article in the Boston Globe
http://www.boston.com/business/ticker/2 ... c_iss.html
This is good news though!!
I hope you figure out what is best for you. There is no one size fits all treatment for us MSrs.
and yes, there is guilt that i have about not taking advantage of tx, and perhaps looking back and thinking I could have prevented some disability, but though the drug side effects were nothing like those I had on the interferons, it's still poison, and it just was not proving effective. Even when you look at the company data, it looks poor.
I don't know, when ya feel like crap all the time, what's the cause??
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