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Saturday, January 22, 2011

EU Rejects two MS Medications from reaching the European Market

January 21, 2011


Both, Biogen-Acorda's Fampyra, click here to review related stories


and Merck's MS Oral Pill, click here for available stories,


were both rejected earlier this week.









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Friday, January 21, 2011

The first pill for multiple sclerosis (MS) could be available in the UK within a "few months".

Jan 21, 2011



European experts have recommended that regulators give the green light to Gilenya, paving the way to an EU-wide licence.
Swiss-based pharmaceutical company Novartis, which manufactures the drug, said a licence allowing Gilenya to be marketed in the UK was expected "in the next few months".
The drug, already sold in the US and Russia, provides the first daily pill alternative to injected MS treatments.
The Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP), made up of experts from the European Medicines Agency (EMA), on Friday recommended that the EU regulator approve the drug.



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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Tysabri Vs. Novantrone. Which is right for you?



Some people can't or don't want to take the CRAB drugs. 
For some, there is Tysabri.
Others are excited about the new oral med, Gilenya.
For many, though, good ol' Novantrone has helped immensely.


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While many of the symptoms of MS and PML are similar, there are also important differences...



From Julie Stachowiak, Ph.D.,
your Guide to Multiple Sclerosis



As I mentioned last week, some of the symptoms of MS and PML (progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy) overlap, which could lead to a delayed diagnosis of PML. However, there are differences in the "typical" course of PML and an MS relapse, in terms of type of symptom and severity. If you are taking Tysabri, keep this list handy for reference.

This week, I am also asking for a little help from those of you who use wheelchairs and scooters. Regardless of how long you have been using your device, I bet most of you can remember some of the more intense emotional and physical challenges that you faced at the beginning. There are people that are facing those challenges right now as they consider making the move to a wheelchair or scooter - a couple of words of wisdom, encouragement or empathy could work wonders in many people's lives. Take care of yourselves, my friends.

PML SYMPTOMS


Balance problems? Fatigue? Weakness? These symptoms probably sound all too familiar to anyone living with multiple sclerosis (MS), as these are just a couple of the many MS symptoms that we live with. However, they are also some of the symptoms of PML - progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy - the dangerous brain infection that is associated with use of Tysabri.






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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Plasma Exchange Found To Be Effective In Treating Severe MS Relapses


January 18th, 2011

A new guideline from the American Academy of Neurology recommends using plasma exchange to treat people with severe relapses in multiple sclerosis (MS) and related diseases, as well as those with certain kinds of nerve disorders known as neuropathies. The guideline is published in the January 18, 2011, print issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

Plasma exchange, formally known as plasmapheresis, is the process of taking blood out of the body, removing constituents in the blood's plasma thought to be harmful, and then transfusing the rest of the blood (mainly red blood cells) mixed with replacement plasma back into the body.





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Monday, January 17, 2011

Provigil and Nuvigil - the difference - MS -- A Patient's Story

Friday - Jan 14, 2011  - Written by Beth -_____  


Writing this in the off-chance someone is being switched from Provigil to Nuvigil, maybe has MS and maybe doesn't.

I was and am back on Provigil. When I searched for "Provigil Nuvigil difference" on the Internet, I mostly found things by people with narcolepsy who were on either one with mixed reactions. I found a bit on MS and just Nuvigil, mostly positive. But who is being converted, why, and how's it going for people with MS? There's not much there, and experiences will differ, but here's mine.

Cephalon is losing its patent for Provigil in 2012, so the price of it has been increasing. Meantime, Cephalon is heavily marketing Nuvigil which is a single isomer version of Provigil. Nuvigil is stronger than Provigil and acts longer, so everyone is going on it. It should work better. But for me? It backfired.

I started Provigil as an off-label drug for MS-related fatigue, although a small clinical trial did show it works for MS. Provigil is also used for sleep apnea, which I think I have/had, but Provigil changed that. Nuvigil sounded good as well. But it's not exactly the same as Provigil.

I knew pretty quickly that Nuvigil wasn't working for me. Sure - I was awake - but I was in a cloud at best. In the afternoon, I drank coffee like water and still wanted to fall asleep. I couldn't sleep - it was horrible. People at work knew about this. They said I looked tired and I was - I was a walking/wheeling zombie. And I was depressed. When you go off Provigil, this can happen, and it did. I had 2 really bad days before I just wanted to stare at a wall. I didn't really feel like the medical community believed me, but I knew I wasn't me. I fought to get back on Provigil because physically as a zombie I was also getting worse.



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