216 posts in the category “Multiple Sclerosis”

MS research: What’s the latest?

Posted February 23rd, 2018 by

Keeping tabs on the latest MS research isn’t always easy. So, our team of in-house health professionals took a closer look into some of the treatments in the research pipeline for people living with MS. Most of these treatments are in the final phase of clinical development — phase III clinical trials. In this phase, researchers compare the safety and effectiveness of the new treatment against the current standard treatment.

Check out the roundup:

  1. Ozanimod – An oral treatment in phase III clinical trials with the potential to reduce relapses and prevent neurological damage. Ozanimod is reported to work like Gilenya (fingolimod) but with some potential for fewer side effects. A new drug application for ozanimod was submitted to the FDA in December 2017. This application is seeking approval for the use of this agent to treat relapsing multiple sclerosis. It is possible that an FDA decision could be made on this application in the second half of 2018.
  2. Ponesimod – An oral treatment in phase III clinical trials that prevents immune cells from damaging myelin that insulates nerve-cells in patients with MS. A new drug application for Ponesimod is possible within the next couple of years.
  3. Siponimod – Similar to Ozanimod, Siponimod is an oral treatment in phase III clinical trials that may reduce risk of relapse and disease progression. With a new drug application in the next year or two, the treatment has the potential for approval and launch 6-12 months later.
  4. ALKS 8700 – This oral treatment (currently in phase III clinical trials) is a slightly different formulation of Tecfidera (dimethyl fumarate) but, according to Alkermes, has fewer gastrointestinal side effects. With a new drug application in 2018, the treatment could be available 6-12 months later.

In other treatment news:

Laquinimod – You might recognize the name because initially, it showed some promise. More recently it’s performed poorly in clinical trials. Laquinimod is still being developed but in Phase II studies (vs. Phase III which is the final phase of clinical development), which could mean it’s at least a couple years away.

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Putting together an MS emergency bag: What’s on your must-have list?

Posted February 9th, 2018 by

From managing incontinence to temperature changes and sudden muscle weakness, many people living with MS have items they can’t live without. Some PatientsLikeMe members have started carrying an emergency bag with all the essentials to deal with inconvenient MS curveballs. Check out their suggestions:

  • Instant ice packs
  • Mint gum (helps one member “cool down”)
  • Change of clothes/underwear
  • Wet wipes
  • Latex gloves
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Travel-sized air freshener
  • Towel and water resistant blanket
  • Disposable incontinence underwear
  • Foldable/packable shoes
  • Wet bags (like the ones meant for baby diapers)
  • Travel sized detergent/bleach
  • Fold-up emergency cane (like this one)
  • Advil/Tylenol or a dose of your prescribed muscle relaxer

If you had an MS emergency bag, what would be inside?

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