Identifying and Meeting the Needs Associated with Primary-Progressive MS

An informative article on primary-progressive multiple sclerosis (PPMS) appears in the summer 2011 issue of the International Journal of MS Care. “Meeting the Needs of People with Primary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis, Their Families, and the Health-Care Community” is part of a collaborative project between the Multiple Sclerosis Association of America (MSAA) and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society (NMSS) to recognize the needs of this specific population and to create programs to help answer these needs.

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Multiple Sclerosis Emerging Therapies Collaborative

We are proud to announce the launch of the Multiple Sclerosis Emerging Therapies Collaborative. The Collaborative – which includes the members of the MS Coalition, the American Academy of Neurology, and the VA Multiple Sclerosis Centers of Excellence East and West – has as its mission: To develop and disseminate timely, evidence-based resources to persons affected by multiple sclerosis and health care professionals, in order to  promote optimal, individualized treatment of the disease by facilitating effective communication and medical decision-making.

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Oral Cladribine Denied FDA Approval

EMD Serono, Inc., makers of Cladribine Tablets (an oral formulation of cladribine), announced today that they received a complete response letter (CRL) from the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The FDA issues a CRL when it has completed the review of an application. However, in this situation, the FDA was not able to approve the application without additional information. The announcement was disappointing to members of the MS community, who were hoping to see another option added to the list of available disease-modifying therapies for the long-term treatment of MS.

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MSAA Survey Reveals Surprising Results: Involuntary Crying and Laughing is Reported by More People With MS than Expected

MS can impact not only physical and cognitive abilities, but also a person’s emotional wellbeing. In cooperation with the research organization Infogroup/ORC and supported by an unrestricted educational grant from Avanir Pharmaceuticals, the Multiple Sclerosis Association of America (MSAA) conducted an independent, online survey of almost 20,000 of its members in the fall of 2010. The purpose of this survey was to better understand the extent and impact of a particularly challenging neurological condition known to occur among people living with MS: pseudobulbar affect (PBA).

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News Alert: Voluntary Recall of Potentially Contaminated Alcohol Prep Products Used with Injected Medications

Triad Group, a Wisconsin-based manufacturing company, is voluntarily recalling all lots of their alcohol prep pads, alcohol swabs, and alcohol swabsticks manufactured under their name (Triad Group), or under third party names (Cardinal Health, PSS Select, VersaPro, Boca/ Ultilet, Moore Medical, Walgreens, CVS, and Conzellin). These lots of alcohol prep products have been recalled as a result of potential contamination with Bacillus cereus — bacteria that could lead to life-threatening infections, particularly in those whose immune system is suppressed and for individuals undergoing surgery. As of January 5, 2011, Triad Group has received one report of a non-life-threatening skin infection.

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FDA Extends the Review Period for Oral Cladribine

Cladribine is an investigational oral drug being studied for the long-term treatment of relapsing forms of multiple sclerosis (MS). It was submitted to the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for approval earlier this year, receiving Fast Track status in July 2010. Fast Track status reduces the FDA’s review time from 10 months down to six – and a decision was expected by November 28, 2010. However, the agency has extended the review time by three months, with a decision now anticipated by February 28, 2011.

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