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New MS drug proves effective where others have failed
Date:10/31/2012

immune disease after alemtuzumab, and we are currently recruiting for a clinical trial which will explore whether we can use a drug to reduce the risk of autoimmunity in those at highest risk," said Dr Coles.

This brings to conclusion a unique programme for the development of a drug for MS that began in Cambridge in 1991. Never before has an MS drug been tested in clinical outcomes against such a high hurdle, an active first-line drug, in both one phase II trial and two phase III trials; and no drug for MS has been shown to be more effective, in both reducing the risk of disability and reducing the rate of brain atrophy, when compared to another active treatment.

Decisions on drug licences for alemtuzumab (known commercially as Lemtrada) by the European and US regulatory authorities are expected in 2013.

MS affects almost 100,000 people in the UK, 400,000 in the United States and several million worldwide.


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Contact: Genevieve Maul
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University of Cambridge
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