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MS drug to be made available in Ireland
[Posted: Thu 29/06/2006 www.irishhealth.com]
By Deborah Condon
The multiple sclerosis drug, Tysabri, will be available on the Irish market from next month. According to MS Ireland, the news is to be welcomed as the drug 'offers great hope' to some of the 6,000 people affected by MS in this country.
Tysabri is used specifically in the treatment of relapsing-remitting MS. Evidence shows that it reduces the number of relapses and slows down the progression of the condition.
It had been hailed as a wonder drug, however last year, it was withdrawn from sale in the US after three patients undergoing clinical trials of it developed PML, a serious disorder of the nervous system. Two of the patients died.
As a result of this, the US Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) put clinical trials of the drug on hold. However a trial was successfully resumed this year and earlier this month, the FDA announced that Tysabri would be making a return to the American market.
Now, pharmaceutical company, Elan, which is based in Athlone, has confirmed that it has received approval from the European Commission to market the drug. According to Elan CEO, Kelly Martin, the decision means that those with MS 'have an effective new treatment alternative'.
"Today's news offers great hope to those living with relapsing-remitting MS in Ireland. As there is yet no cure for MS, any drug that relieves symptoms and/or slows down progression is welcome by those living with MS", said Louise Wardell, chairperson of MS Ireland.
Anyone with queries on Tysabri or any other issued related to MS, should call MS Ireland's helpline at 1850 233 233. All calls are strictly confidential.
|hermon(GVQ47886) Posted: 29/06/2006 19:04|
|Since MS is not yet curerable any drug that helps and gives some relief to those living with MS is welcomed. That is why I support the Irish annoucment in regards the drug Tysabri and its availabilty in the Irish market|
|Maggie Posted: 07/07/2006 10:14|
|Hernon, I too would support it. I knew a lady who was involved in the clinical traisl and it offered great help to her.|
|hermon(GVQ47886) Posted: 07/07/2006 19:08|
|Maggie, I support you too. It is our resposility to reduce sufferings since the for the momemnt no cure is available.|
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