Quick Facts
FONT-SIZE Plus   Neg
Share SHARE

Novartis: Gilenya Effective Against 4 Measures Of Disease Activity In MS

Swiss drugmaker Novartis AG (NVS: Quote) Monday said that two new analyses from the Phase III Transforms study demonstrated how its Gilenya (fingolimod) was effective against all four key measures of disease activity in multiple sclerosis - brain volume loss, lesion activity, relapse rates and disability progression.

Improvements were seen in patients who switched from standard interferon treatment to Gilenya within 12 months of the switch and up to the end of the 4.5 year extension study.

MS is a chronic neuroinflammatory and neurodegenerative illness where disease activity leads to accumulation of disability and loss of brain tissue.

The new analysis evaluated the association between measures of disease activity in the first year of therapy and long-term clinical outcomes. Gilenya increased the proportion of patients who were disease-free by almost 50 percent when switched from interferon to Gilenya in year-1 to year-2.

Patients who had disease-activity at the end of the first year were significantly less likely to remain clinically disease free during the following 3.5 years of the extension study.

A separate post-hoc analysis showed that patients who had disease-activity in the year prior to entering the study, despite prior treatment with a disease-modifying treatment, experienced sustained benefit on Gilenya with a lower annualized relapse rate compared to those who were given interferon for the first year.

The analyses were presented at the 23rd meeting of the European Neurological Society or ENS in Barcelona.

Dr. Timothy Wright, Global Head Development, Novartis Pharmaceuticals, said, "Data have consistently shown that treatment with Gilenya leads to more patients staying disease free, compared to standard interferon treatment."

Register
To receive FREE breaking news email alerts for Novartis AG and others in your portfolio

by RTT Staff Writer

For comments and feedback: editorial@rttnews.com

Business News

Editors Pick
The Chinese economy logged its weakest expansion since early 2009 in the third quarter as slowdown in investment, particularly in the property sector, continued to drag the recovery. Gross domestic product grew 7.3 percent in the third quarter from a year ago, slower than the 7.5 percent expansion seen a quarter ago, the National Bureau of Statistics reported Tuesday. Apple Inc. said Monday that its fourth quarter profit rose 13% from last year, driven by strong sales of its iPhones and Mac computers. The company's quarterly earnings per share also came in above analysts' expectations as did its quarterly sales. At the same time, the company gave an upbeat revenue forecast for the current quarter, which includes the all important holiday season. Stocks moved notably higher over the course of the trading day on Monday, extending the strong upward move seen last Friday. The gains on the day continued the recent recovery by the markets, with the Nasdaq and the S&P 500 closing higher for the third consecutive session.
comments powered by Disqus
FREE Newsletters, Analysis & Alerts

 

Stay informed with our FREE daily Newsletters and real-time breaking News Alerts. Sign up to receive the latest information on business news, health, technology, biotech, market analysis, currency trading and more.