Multiple Sclerosis patients hopeful after promising new drug approved
A new multiple sclerosis drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration late Tuesday offers hope to patients with the most severe form of the progressive disease.
The intravenous drug, made by Genentech, is called ocrelizumab (Ocrevus). Given every six months, it worked best for patients with relapsing multiple sclerosis (MS) — the most common form of the disease, the FDA reported.
But Ocrevus also appeared to slow progression of a more severe type of the disease, called primary progressive MS.
“If the side effect profile continues to hold up … I think ocrelizumab will become the leading MS therapy,” said Dr. Steven Galetta, chairman of neurology at NYU Langone Medical Center in New York City. He wasn’t involved in the clinical trials that led to the drug’s approval.