Nat'l MS Society News
Dec 12, 2008

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Oral FTY720 (Fingolimod) Reduced Relapse Rate More Effectively Than Avonex in Initial Results of One-Year Study in Relapsing-Remitting MS

The experimental oral drug FTY720 (fingolimod, Novartis) reduced relapses significantly more than Avonex® (interferon beta-1a, Biogen Idec) in a one-year study involving 1,292 people with relapsing-remitting MS. Serious adverse events in the FTY720 group included two deaths from herpes infections and seven cases of localized skin cancer. These initial results are reported in a press release from Novartis, which notes that analysis of these data is ongoing and that two other large-scale, phase 3 trials of the drug are ongoing. The company expects to submit an application to the FDA for approval by the end of 2009.