What’s New in MS Research: September 2020

Reviewed by MSAA Chief Medical Officer Barry A. Hendin, MD In this Article Evobrutinib shows efficacy up to 108 weeks in open-label extension study Government study evaluating Rebif® (interferon beta-1a) as COVID-19 treatment Stem cell therapy for MS: Examining the impact on cognition The primary factor shaping patients’ treatment choices Why taking your disease-modifying therapy […]

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FDA Approves Kesimpta® (Ofatumumab), the First Self-Administered B-cell Therapy for Relapsing Forms of MS

Updated September 3, 2020 Reviewed by MSAA Chief Medical Officer Barry A. Hendin, MD On August 20, 2020, Novartis announced that the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Kesimpta® (ofatumumab) for adults with relapsing forms of multiple sclerosis (RMS), which includes clinically isolated syndrome, relapsing-remitting disease, and active secondary-progressive disease. Kesimpta is a […]

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FDA Approves Generic Version of Tecfidera®, Taken Orally for MS

Reviewed by MSAA Chief Medical Officer Barry A. Hendin, MD On August 17, 2020, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) awarded early approval of Mylan’s generic version of Biogen’s Tecfidera® (dimethyl fumarate), an oral medication approved in 2013 for relapsing forms of MS in adults. Mylan announced the launch of this generic medication […]

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MSAA’s Publications, Website, and Blog Receive National Recognition

The Multiple Sclerosis Association of America (MSAA) is proud to announce that many of our free publications and resources received awards this summer from the APEX Awards for Publication Excellence, the Digital Health Awards, the National Health Information Awards, and Healthline! MSAA received four Awards of Excellence from the Thirty-Second Annual APEX Awards! The first […]

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The Multiple Sclerosis Association of America and Wondros Launch COVID-19 and MS Pathfinder

In an effort to provide accurate and easily accessible information about the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Multiple Sclerosis Association of America (MSAA) and Wondros are proud to announce the creation of the COVID-19 and MS Pathfinder online tool, available on MSAA’s website at https://mymsaa.org/covid-19-and-ms-pathfinder/. The COVID-19 and MS Pathfinder tool allows members of the multiple […]

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Statement from MSAA

The Multiple Sclerosis Association of America advocates equally for all members of the MS community, and supports all peaceful efforts aimed at erasing the inequalities that exist between people of different races, religions, gender, and economic backgrounds, as well as those with disabilities. MSAA recognizes the inequities and overwhelming pain associated with discrimination and senseless acts of injustice.

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Launch of Zeposia® Announced

Reviewed by MSAA Chief Medical Officer Barry A. Hendin, MD The commercial launch and availability of Zeposia® (ozanimod) for the treatment of adults with relapsing forms of multiple sclerosis (RMS) was officially announced today. Initially approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on March 25, 2020, the makers of Zeposia, Bristol Myers Squibb, […]

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Resources Available from the Multiple Sclerosis Association of America Amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic

Challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic can be even more stressful and overwhelming for people living with chronic illnesses. As a trusted resource for the multiple sclerosis (MS) community, the Multiple Sclerosis Association of America (MSAA) is committed to providing accurate, up-to-date information, and resources during this time. Webinars about COVID-19 and Multiple Sclerosis Streamed […]

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Bafiertam Oral Capsules Approved by the FDA for Relapsing Forms of MS

On April 30, 2020, Banner Life Sciences LLC (Banner), a privately held specialty pharmaceutical company, announced the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval of Bafiertam™ (monomethyl fumarate) delayed-release oral capsules to treat relapsing forms of multiple sclerosis (MS). This approval includes the treatment of clinically isolated syndrome (CIS), relapsing-remitting MS (RRMS), and active secondary-progressive MS (SPMS). Banner has not yet announced when the medication will be available to the MS community.

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FDA Approves Zeposia® (ozanimod) for the Treatment of Relapsing Forms of MS

Reviewed by MSAA Chief Medical Officer Barry A. Hendin, MD Overview On March 26, 2020, Bristol Myers Squibb announced that the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Zeposia® (ozanimod) for the treatment of adults with relapsing forms of multiple sclerosis (RMS), including clinically isolated syndrome (CIS), relapsing-remitting MS (RRMS), and active secondary-progressive MS […]

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