Finally! Oral disease modifying drugs for Multiple Sclerosis are finally going to be available! I am so glad I make a habit of reading BBC News daily as US news agencies frequently skim over important things in favor of the shocking or violent. Today they published a story about new oral multiple sclerosis treatments that are likely to be available in England in 2011. As someone whose liver does not particularly like Interferon and is afraid of the risk of death from Tysabri infusions this might be a godsend. Since interferons are not available as generics (they contain living organisms and are exempt from status that would let them ever become generic) this could open inexpensive and more successful treatment options to a host of people who have no option but to live with the effects of the disease untreated. I am ecstatic that we finally have oral drugs for Multiple Sclerosis!
The full article and link to it are pasted below, but here is the basic information you want:
- The oral drugs in question are Fingolimod and Cladribine
- The drugs are considerably more effective at reducing relapses than current available treatments
- The drugs may increase your chances of herpes and cancer