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New Drugs on the Way?

posted 24 Mar 2013, 07:24 by Alan B.
We have just heard that European (EU) drug regulators have given the green light to two new oral drugs for relapse/remitting Multiple Sclerosis. These would be in addition to existing injectable drugs and the one oral drug Fingolimod (also known as Gilenya) which is already available to some Moray MSers.

There are more hurdles to be overcome before these drugs can be prescribed, however. European approval is a start but the Scottish Medicines Consortium have to approve them too (NICE in England and Wales) and its not clear what their timetable will be. And if they do approve these drugs, NHS Grampian will have their say too. So don't hold your breath. But for people newly diagnosed and those with a diagnosis of relapse/remitting MS this has got to be good news.

The drugs are called Teriflunomide and Dimethyl Fumarate (also going by the sexy name BG12). I get a lot of information from the Multiple Sclerosis Research website and if you want to read more you can get their posts on Teriflunomide HERE and for BG12 HERE