Leukemia drug & MS!

The work is still at an early stage but Alemtuzumab appears to stop progression of MS in patients with early stage active relapsing-remitting MS.

However, it can produce potentially serious side-effects, they warn! In particular low platelets, which can cause bleeding and unfortunately one patient in study II died.

Alemtuzumab – a type of drug known as a monoclonal antibody – was created at Cambridge in the late 1970s, and has long been used to treat leukaemia by killing off the cancerous white cells of the immune system.

The study also suggests the drug may repair previous damage:

The latest three-year study, of 334 patients with relapsing-remitting MS which had yet to be treated, found that the drug cut the number of attacks of disease by 74% more than the reduction achieved by conventional interferon-beta therapy. Alemtuzumab also reduced the risk of sustained accumulation of disability by 71% compared to beta-interferon. People on the trial who received the drug also recovered some function that had been thought to be permanently lost, and as a result were less disabled after three years than at the beginning of the study.

The researchers said the findings suggested that alemtuzumab may allow damaged brain tissue to repair itself. However they stress that more work is needed to confirm these findings and actually use the drug for MS!

Information about this can be found under the medical news today link or bbc..cnn..

Heads up! :o)

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. yinyang21
    Mar 24, 2009 @ 06:53:05

    Oh…I guess not, being that it’s not in the US…I just realized that. sorry

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  2. yinyang21
    Mar 24, 2009 @ 06:52:09

    Any idea when the estimated date is that they’ll be coming out with this drug. Also, i was just newly diagnosed and was wondering if I could be a part of the study? Or is it too late? Just curious?

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