Next 21 article - Two new treatments coming to Australia
1st December, 2010
Two new treatments coming to Australia
Current disease-modifying drugs for MS have so far required regular and frequent injections.
Oral therapies represent new treatment options for this chronic disease. Two of these will soon become available: Movectro (known previously as Cladribine) and Gilenya (known previously as Fingolimod), both for relapsing remitting MS.
Movectro has been approved for use in Australia by the Australian Therapeutics Goods Administration (TGA). It is anticipated that the TGA will approve Gilenya early in the new year. Subsequently, Movectro and Gilenya will need to be approved by the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee to allow reimbursement and hence affordable access by people with MS. This may take some time.
Prof Bill Carroll, neurologist and MS Research Australia’s Scientific Chairman, gave the following comment about these two agents in his editorial in the New England Journal of Medicine. “In the end, individual decisions need to be made based on the risk and benefits discussed between a well informed patient and his/her clinician, supported by quality safety programs.”
To view the other articles in Next 21, please click on the link below
- Vitamin D and MS
- Beyond the Symptoms
- Dr Ben is back in town
- Promise, Progress and Partners
- Strong commitment from new Chairman
- Journey to the centre of the brain
- Two new treatments coming to Australia (article above)
- F5m Updates
- Best and Fairest
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