F.D.A. Approves First Drug to Treat Severe Multiple Sclerosis

Mar 30, 2017

By Katie Thomas

The Food and Drug Administration approved on Tuesday the first drug to treat a severe form of multiple sclerosis, offering hope to patients who previously had no other options to combat a relentless disease that leads to paralysis and cognitive decline.

The federal agency also cleared the drug to treat people with the more common, relapsing form of the disease.

“I think that this is a very big deal,” said Dr. Stephen Hauser, the chairman of the neurology department at the University of California, San Francisco, and leader of the steering committee that oversaw the late-stage clinical trials of the drug, ocrelizumab. “The magnitude of the benefits that we’ve seen with ocrelizumab in all forms of M.S. are really quite stunning.”

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2 comments on “F.D.A. Approves First Drug to Treat Severe Multiple Sclerosis

  • My Aunt has MS and the disease is relentless. She is more or less at it’s whim, as it advances in spurts and at it’s own pace. She never complains and is one of my heroes. She opened a medical laboratory in the mid 1970’s with a bank loan and a college degree. She endured much shit (medicine on our area is/was extremely male dominated) and lean times, but ultimately her work ethic and talent emerged and bred a successful businesswoman. I fear that she will be wheelchair bound in a few years and I hope that this drug offers her (and others) a break in the onset and progression of symptoms. It would be very nice to see her disease slow down and potentially, I daresay, remit.
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  • I mean, we’ve tried running counterclockwise around the house waving chicken feathers and chanting the lyrics to rapper’s delight. We’ve tried hammering dog shit into ground glass while yodeling. We’ve even tried smacking brook trout in the sides with peanut butter coated vines while wearing high heels and pinstriped long johns.

    Nothing. I mean, I got in a tub of water and, I do NOT have MS, then we got water guns and shot her with the water, hoping that the “memory” of the water would remove the MS. You’d think that would do it, right? I guess as a last resort, we can think about this type of “traditional” medicine. But, i mean years of trials, approvals, statistics, and data analysis??? I don’t know…
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