Sunday, October 23, 2011

Multiple Sclerosis Drug Trials Show Lemtrada Helps Prevent Relapse

 

Sanofi's multiple sclerosis drug Lemtrada helped 78 percent of patients stay relapse-free for two years, the French drug company announced at a conference Saturday.

In the study from Sanofi's Genzyme division, just 59 percent of patients given Rebif, an older drug from Merck, saw the same results. Sanofi presented the data at the 5th Joint Triennial Congress of the European and Americas Committees for Treatment and Research in Multiple Sclerosis (ECTRIMS/ACTRIMS) in Cambridge, Mass.

"CARE-MS I confirms that, in a head-to-head comparison with Rebif, disease activity is significantly reduced in patients with early relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis treated with alemtuzumab (Lemtrada), over the first two years of observation," said Prof. Alastair Compston, chair of the drug steering committee and head of the Department of Clinical Neurosciences at the University of Cambridge, U.K.

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