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Combination therapy provides similar clinical benefit as single drug treatment in MS
Date:3/11/2013

cal function in participants in the combination therapy group. They also found that GA alone was superior to IFN alone in reducing relapse rates. MRI findings also suggested that the IFN plus GA together were better in reducing new lesions and total lesion accumulation than either drug alone.

"While there was no substantial clinical benefit of combination therapy over monotherapy, we will continue to monitor these patients to see if the reduction in MRI lesion translates into a future clinical benefit," said Dr. Lublin. "The CombiRx study also provides a large dataset to analyze different aspects of the disease, such as potential biomarkers for prognosis and response to therapy."

The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) provided funding for the CombiRx clinical trial (grant #UO1NS045719 and R21NS41986), which will continue to evaluate the cohort for four more years.

"The investigators were successful in implementing a clinical trial comparing the effectiveness of a two-drug combination to treatment with a single drug," said Petra Kaufmann, MD, MSc, Associate Director for Clinical Research, NINDS. "The trial answered an important question to the MS community: The results did not show a clinical benefit in people taking two drugs rather than one drug. In addition to answering this question, the trial has resulted in valuable clinical and imaging observations that can help researchers to better understand the course of MS and that can inform the planning of future trials."

The NINDS describes MS as a neuroinflammatory disease, which affects the central nervous system by attacking myelin, a substance found in nerve fibers, and causing lesions. NINDS estimates that up to 350,000 individuals in the U.S. have MS, which affects twice as many women as men, with most symptoms appearing between the ages of 20 and 40. Experts believe this complex autoimmune disease may be caused by genetic and environmental facto
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