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Surveyed Neurologists Anticipate That Less Than 30 Percent of Their Use of Emerging Oral Agents in Multiple Sclerosis Will be in the First Line
Date:4/15/2009

s subtype), they are less likely to prescribe disease-modifying therapies to patients with clinically isolated syndrome (early-stage multiple sclerosis). This is despite clinical studies indicating that early initiation of disease-modifying therapies can delay progression of the disease, and specifically, delay disability progression.

"Those patients who do not start disease-modifying treatment right away represent an untapped opportunity for marketers of disease-modifying drugs," added Ms. Puffer. "Treatment rates could be improved, especially for patients with early stage disease, through increased awareness among both neurologists and primary care physicians, of the benefits surrounding early treatment initiation. These improvements would facilitate increased use of disease-modifying therapies."

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