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Experimental Pill May Ease Multiple Sclerosis Disability
Date:3/14/2012

might have some protective effects that other drugs don't offer, though more research is needed into that potential aspect.

He said it's not clear if laquinimod's modest effect on relapse rates is "clinically meaningful," which means, does it make a difference to someone living with MS? He said that if the manufacturer files for U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval, "regulators are looking for a clinically meaningful impact."

But, Coetzee added, "This study illustrates that there are oral agents becoming available for people with MS. And, it brings hope that we will have a next generation of agents, and that we can hopefully stop the progression of MS."

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Learn more about multiple sclerosis from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

SOURCES: Malcolm Gottesman, chief, division of neurology, co-director, neuroscience, and director, Winthrop Comprehensive MS Care Center at Winthrop-University Hospital, Mineola, N.Y., and professor, clinical neurology, State University of New York at Stony Brook; Timothy Coetzee, Ph.D., chief research officer, National Multiple Sclerosis Society; March 15, 2012, New England Journal of Medicine


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