Ocrevus® (ocrelizumab) is an immunosuppressant monoclonal antibody disease-modifying therapy.
In-clinic intravenous infusion.
Every 6 months.
Relapsing forms of multiple sclerosis in adults, including clinically isolated syndrome, relapsing-remitting MS, and active secondary-progressive MS. Also approved for primary-progressive MS
Compared to active comparator, Ocrevus®:
- Reduces relapses by approx. 46%.
- Reduced new or enlarging T2 lesion volume by 77%.
- People with primary-progressive MS (PPMS) taking Ocrevus® were 24% less likely to have disability progression compared to placebo.
Common Potential Side Effects
Infusion related reactions, chest, gastrointestinal and skin infections, viral infections including herpes
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HOW Ocrevus® WORKS
Ocrevus® (ocrelizumab) is a monoclonal antibody that targets and kills B cells in the immune system. Ocrevus® stops B cells from penetrating the brain and spinal cord and attacking the myelin sheath that protects nerves. This helps stop inflammation and nerve damage.
Ocrevus® was FDA-approved in 2017 to treat adults with relapsing forms of MS, including clinically isolated syndrome, relapsing-remitting disease, and active secondary-progressive disease. Also approved for primary-progressive MS.
Potential Side Effects
Infusion reactions (possibly serious) and increase in infections. Upper respiratory tract infection was the most common infection seen in studies with relapsing forms of MS (RMS) and primary-progressive MS (PPMS). Skin infection and lower respiratory tract infection were also common infections seen in studies with PPMS. Rare adverse events include cancer and progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML), a rare brain infection that usually leads to death or severe disability over a period of weeks or months, but these risks are still being investigated.
OTHER KEY INFORMATION
Testing and check-ups every 6 months. The first 2 infusions (including check-up and observation) take approximately 5-6 hours. If Ocrevus is well-tolerated, third and subsequent infusions may take just over 2 hours. For those who experience a serious reaction, infusions may take at least 3.5 hours.
Testing completed prior to starting Ocrevus® includes: Complete Blood Count, hepatic function panel, varicella serology, Hepatitis B panel, and quantitative serum immunoglobulins (IgG and IgM)
Annual testing completed after starting Ocrevus® includes: There are no exact guidelines but the tests noted above should be done at least yearly.
Regular testing completed after starting Ocrevus® includes: Hepatitis B screen and quantitative immunoglobulin testing. Quantitative immunoglobulin testing should be performed periodically thereafter.
It is also common to test for varicella before starting treatment.
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