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SLU researchers discover pain pathway and potential way to block it

SLU researchers discover pain pathway and potential way to block it

In a recently published study in the Journal of Biological Chemistry, Saint Louis University professor of pharmacological and physiological sciences Daniela Salvemini, Ph.D. describes two discoveries: a molecular pathway by which a painful chemotherapy side effect happens and a drug that may be able to stop it. [More]
Study offers new insight into benefits of vitamin D in people with multiple sclerosis

Study offers new insight into benefits of vitamin D in people with multiple sclerosis

In mice with a rodent form of multiple sclerosis (MS), vitamin D appears to block damage-causing immune cells from migrating to the central nervous system, offering a potential explanation for why the so-called "sunshine vitamin" may prevent or ease symptoms of the neurodegenerative disease, according to results of a study at Johns Hopkins. [More]
ALS TDI forms research partnership with Neurimmune to advance potential treatments for ALS

ALS TDI forms research partnership with Neurimmune to advance potential treatments for ALS

The ALS Therapy Development Institute (ALS TDI), together with its wholly-owned subsidiary, Anelixis Therapeutics, announced today that it has formed a research partnership with Neurimmune to advance potential treatments for ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. [More]
Multiple sclerosis patients see "rapid expansion" of effective new treatment options

Multiple sclerosis patients see "rapid expansion" of effective new treatment options

After decades of research, multiple sclerosis patients are seeing a "rapid expansion" of effective new treatment options, according to a review article in the journal Neurologic Clinics. [More]
New strategy will have positive impact on people with brain disorders

New strategy will have positive impact on people with brain disorders

New research offers a possible strategy for treating central nervous system diseases, such as brain and spinal cord injury, brain cancer, epilepsy, and neurological complications of HIV. The experimental treatment method allows small therapeutic agents to safely cross the blood-brain barrier in laboratory rats by turning off P-glycoprotein, one of the main gatekeepers preventing medicinal drugs from reaching their intended targets in the brain. [More]
Fingolimod offers minor added benefit for patients with RRMS

Fingolimod offers minor added benefit for patients with RRMS

The immunosuppressive drug fingolimod (trade name: Gilenya-) is approved for the treatment of highly-active relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (RRMS) in adults. In an early benefit assessment pursuant to "Act on the Reform of the Market for Medicinal Products" (AMNOG), the German Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care (IQWiG) assessed whether fingolimod offers an added benefit compared with the present standard therapy. [More]
AB Science announces results from masitinib phase 2 study on MS

AB Science announces results from masitinib phase 2 study on MS

AB Science SA, a pharmaceutical company specializing in the research, development and commercialization of protein kinase inhibitors, announces the publication of results from the human phase 2 study of masitinib carried-out in the treatment of progressive multiple sclerosis. [More]
Gilenya - pill for relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis recommended by NICE

Gilenya - pill for relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis recommended by NICE

The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (Nice) issued new draft guidance recommending fingolimod (brand name Gilenya) on the NHS for some patients with a form of MS. The new drug can help reduce the number of relapses in adults with highly active relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (RRMS), which is characterized by periods when symptoms worsen and then improve. [More]
Gilenya prevents and reverses symptoms of ventricular hypertrophy

Gilenya prevents and reverses symptoms of ventricular hypertrophy

A drug used to treat multiple sclerosis may also be effective at preventing and reversing the leading cause of heart attack, a new study has found. [More]
Multiple sclerosis drug Gilenya under investigation by FDA and EMA

Multiple sclerosis drug Gilenya under investigation by FDA and EMA

The US Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) and European Medicines Agency (EMA) are looking at the pros and cons of using Gilenya (fingolimod) in treating the neurological autoimmune disease Multiple Sclerosis (MS). [More]

Phase III study of BG-12 in relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis sparks excitement

Citeline, an Informa business unit, and the world's leading research authority on pharmaceutical clinical trials recently reviewed results presented at the 5th Joint Triennial Congress of the European and Americas Committees for Treatment and Research in Multiple Sclerosis, a major multiple sclerosis conference which was held October 19-22, 2011 in Amsterdam. [More]
New report on the immunomodulators market outlook to 2016

New report on the immunomodulators market outlook to 2016

TNF inhibitors indicated for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis and inflammatory bowel disease formed the largest share of the market, according to a new report available on companiesandmarkets.com. The top three products: Remicade, Humira and Enbrel accounted for 40.1% of the market in 2010. [More]
Decision Resources: 63% of neurologists select Tysabri as effective MS treatment

Decision Resources: 63% of neurologists select Tysabri as effective MS treatment

Decision Resources, one of the world's leading research and advisory firms for pharmaceutical and healthcare issues, finds that the majority of surveyed U.S. neurologists selected Biogen Idec/Elan's Tysabri as the most effective therapy for the treatment of relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis, when compared to other currently available agents. [More]

Pharmacy costs for multiple sclerosis patients increase at a faster rate than medical costs

Analysis of direct pharmacy and medical costs for patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) showed pharmacy costs are increasing at a slightly faster rate than medical costs, but new MS medications are expected to shift the majority of the direct health cost burden to pharmacy, according to a new study by Prime Therapeutics (Prime). The study will be presented at the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy's 23rd Annual Meeting in Minneapolis, Minn. [More]
Gilenya can reduce risk of disability progression in patients with RRMS

Gilenya can reduce risk of disability progression in patients with RRMS

A new analysis demonstrated that Gilenya reduced the risk of disability progression in patients with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis, regardless of treatment history. This analysis of the phase III two-year FREEDOMS study is one of 11 abstracts on Gilenya being presented at the 63rd annual meeting of the American Academy of Neurology. [More]
Novartis new MS treatment receives Notice of Compliance in Canada

Novartis new MS treatment receives Notice of Compliance in Canada

Novartis Pharmaceuticals Canada Inc. announced today that its new MS treatment, Gilenya, has received Notice of Compliance in Canada. [More]
USF Health sponsors conference on Parkinson's disease and multiple sclerosis

USF Health sponsors conference on Parkinson's disease and multiple sclerosis

Some of the country's leading physicians and researchers in the fields of Parkinson's disease and multiple sclerosis will gather later this month to discuss the latest advances in the diagnosis and treatment of these neurological disorders. [More]

Pill for multiple sclerosis in the pipeline

Multiple Sclerosis or MS is a severely disabling disease that affects 100,000 in the UK. Now a new pill has been developed to treat multiple sclerosis which means there would be no need for injections. European health experts - European Medicines Agency (EMA) have given the new drug Gilenya, the brand name for the drug fingolimod, approval which would grant it EU wide acceptance. [More]
Gilenya offers more benefits for MS therapy than previously realized

Gilenya offers more benefits for MS therapy than previously realized

In September, patients suffering from multiple sclerosis (MS) received the welcome news that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had approved a promising new drug for their condition called Gilenya. Now, a team from The Scripps Research Institute has discovered that this drug's success may involve an unexpected biological mechanism acting within the central nervous system (CNS). This difference may mean that Gilenya offers even more benefits than previously realized and would represent the first MS therapy with direct CNS activities. [More]

Novartis' Gilenya uptake to increase

A study published this week by ITG revealed that Novartis recently approved drug, Gilenya, has already taken share from market leaders in the multiple sclerosis (MS) market, and uptake is expected to increase significantly over the next year. Gilenya came onto the market in late September as the first FDA-approved oral disease-modifying MS drug, and Novartis initially faced safety concerns and monitoring requirements that deterred some physicians from adopting the new drug. [More]