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Fingolimod: 'Hint' of advantages in a small group of patients
Date:7/5/2012

This release is available in German.

The immunosuppressive drug fingolimod (trade name: Gilenya) is approved for the treatment of highly-active relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (RRMS) in adults. In an early benefit assessment pursuant to "Act on the Reform of the Market for Medicinal Products" (AMNOG), the German Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care (IQWiG) assessed whether fingolimod offers an added benefit compared with the present standard therapy.

According to the findings of the assessment, patients with a rapidly progressive and severe course of disease who take fingolimod experience fewer flu-like symptoms. Under consideration of this advantage on the one hand and the uncertain evidence base on the other, IQWIG has concluded that the data provide a "hint" of a minor added benefit of fingolimod for this group of patients.

Due to a lack of evaluable data, an added benefit is not proven for two further groups of patients.

Separate assessment in three groups of patients

According to the different areas of application, IQWiG performed separate assessments of the drug in three groups of patients. Fingolimod was compared with glatiramer acetate in patients with highly active RRMS who had not responded to a complete and appropriate (usually at least one-year) cycle with beta-interferon (IFN-β).

In patients with highly active RRMS who had not received sufficient IFN-β therapy and in those with rapidly progressive severe RRMS, fingolimod was in each case compared with IFN-β 1a.

Evaluable data only for one group of patients

One relevant study was available for the early benefit assessment, an approval study on fingolimod (TRANSFORMS), which compared treatment with fingolimod versus IFN β 1a in adults with RRMS. However, the study only provide
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Contact: Dr. Anna-Sabine Ernst
presse@iqwig.de
49-022-135-6850
Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care
Source:Eurekalert

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