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Novartis' Asclepios Trials Show Efficacy Of Ofatumumab In Patients With RMS

Novartis said that the Phase III ASCLEPIOS I and II studies met their primary endpoints in patients with relapsing forms of multiple sclerosis or RMS.

The studies met the primary endpoints where ofatumumab showed a highly significant and clinically meaningful reduction in the number of confirmed relapses, evaluated as the annualized relapse rate or ARR, the company said in a statement.

Ofatumumab is a fully human anti-CD20 monoclonal antibody (mAb) self-administered by a once-monthly subcutaneous injection that is in development for MS. Ofatumumab works by binding to the CD20 molecule on the B-cell surface and inducing potent B-cell lysis and depletion.

Multiple Ssclerosis disrupts the normal functioning of the brain, optic nerves and spinal cord through inflammation and tissue loss.

MS is often characterized into three forms: relapsing-remitting MS (RRMS), secondary progressive MS and primary progressive MS.

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