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Clinical Medicine Insights: Therapeutics

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Pharmacotherapeuetic Options for the Treatment of Multiple Sclerosis

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Publication Date: 19 Jun 2012

Type: Review

Journal: Clinical Medicine Insights: Therapeutics

Citation: Clinical Medicine Insights: Therapeutics 2012:4 145-168

doi: 10.4137/CMT.S8661

Abstract

Multiple sclerosis is the most common progressive and disabling neurological condition in young adults. Neuro-inflammation is an early and persistent change and forms the basis of most pharmacotherapy for this disease. Immunomodulatory drugs are mainly biologics (ß-interferons, a four amino acid peptide, and a monoclonal antibody to a cell adhesion molecule on the blood-CNS barrier) that either attenuate the inflammatory response or block the movement of immune cells into the CNS. They reduce the rate of relapse, but have little or no effect on the progression of disability. The market landscape for MS drugs is in the midst of major change because the patent life of many of these medicines will soon expire, which will lead to the emergence of biosimilars. In addition, new small molecule immunomodulatory and palliative drugs have entered the market, with more in the pipeline; a number of monoclonal antibodies and other immunomodulatory drugs are also in clinical development.


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