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2009-12-07 14:48:58

Biogen Idec (NASDAQ: BIIB) today announced that its oral compound BG-12 (dimethyl fumarate) achieved key milestones in clinical trials for multiple sclerosis (MS) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA). In recent months, the last patient was enrolled in the CONFIRM trial, the second of two Phase III trials designed to evaluate the efficacy and safety of BG-12 as a monotherapy in patients with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (RRMS). Both the DEFINE and CONFIRM Phase III trials are now fully...

2009-09-30 11:02:00

ROCKLAND, Mass., Sept. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- EMD Serono, Inc. an affiliate of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, announced today the submission of a New Drug Application (NDA) to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for Cladribine Tablets, EMD Serono's proprietary investigational oral formulation of cladribine, as a therapy for reducing relapses in people with relapsing forms of multiple sclerosis (MS). Cladribine Tablets has the potential to be the first orally administered...

2009-09-30 07:14:00

WALTHAM, Mass., Sept. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Decision Resources, one of the world's leading research and advisory firms focusing on pharmaceutical and healthcare issues, finds that patient-targeted messaging for emerging multiple sclerosis oral agents will need to provide high-level information regarding the efficacy and preservation of quality of life and forego catchy and/or short taglines highlighting oral dosing. The knowledgeable multiple sclerosis patient population is likely to already...

2009-08-31 11:28:57

Mitoxantrone: highly efficient escalation therapy in multiple sclerosisAccording to data supplied by the German Multiple Sclerosis Society's national MS register (DMSG - Deutsche Multiple Sklerose Gesellschaft), up to 10% of German MS patients have been treated with mitoxantrone in the past few years. Numerous studies have shown that it is highly efficient in suppressing disease activity. It is administered as so-called escalation therapy when other medication no longer suffices and in...

2009-08-25 10:49:00

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Aug. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Peptimmune, Inc., a privately held biotechnology company, announced the completion of a clinical trial to evaluate the safety, tolerability, pharmacokinetics, and pharmacodynamics of PI-2301 in subjects with Secondary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis (SP-MS). PI-2301 is a novel peptide copolymer for the treatment of multiple sclerosis and other autoimmune diseases. The Phase Ib multiple-ascending dose, double-blind, placebo-controlled, randomized...

2009-06-19 00:17:31

Twenty-seven percent of multiple sclerosis patients are declining to fill their prescriptions, U.S. researchers said. The survey, conducted by pharmacy benefits manager Prime Therapeutics, says the survey indicates patients with an out-of-pocket expense greater than $250 were seven times more likely to decline to fill their prescription than patients with an out-of-pocket cost of $100 or less. The study concludes that the increase in the number of patients who decline to fill their MS...

2009-04-29 07:00:00

SEATTLE, April 29 /PRNewswire/ -- New analyses of data from the 16-Year Long-term Follow-up study with Betaseron(R) (interferon beta-1b), sponsored by Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals, were presented at the American Academy of Neurology's (AAN) 61st Annual Meeting. The study results showed that early and sustained exposure to Betaseron in study participants with multiple sclerosis (MS) were more likely to avoid a negative clinical outcome as demonstrated years later.(1) In this study, early...

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2008-12-15 14:42:08

On Monday, Biogen Idec Inc said it notified regulators of a new case of a potentially deadly brain disease in a patient being treated with its Tysabri multiple sclerosis drug, the fourth such case reported globally this year. Biogen stated in a regulatory filing that the latest case of the brain infection, known as progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML), was seen in a European patient that had been taking Tysabri as a stand-alone treatment for 26 months. Company spokeswoman Shannon...

2008-10-28 12:00:39

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Oct. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Peptimmune, Inc., a privately held biotechnology company, announced today that President & CEO Thomas P. Mathers will provide an update on the Company's current phase Ib clinical trial for PI-2301 in multiple sclerosis patients at the three upcoming events: 1. BIO Investor Forum 2008. The presentation will take place on Wednesday, October 29th, at 3:15 p.m. in the Pacific Room at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco. 2. Oppenheimer...

2008-10-24 09:00:26

Opexa Therapeutics, a biopharmaceutical company, has announced additional positive data from the company's Phase IIb clinical trial for the treatment of multiple sclerosis. The latest analysis focused on a prospective group of patients (n=50) with an annualized relapse rate (ARR) of greater than one at study entry which is comparable to ARR baselines of patients in previous Tovaxin studies. These findings demonstrate a statistically significant improvement in disability as measured by the...