Ocrevus: FDA Approves First Drug to Treat Two Forms of MS

Ocrevus: FDA Approves First Drug to Treat Two Forms of MS

Here is an excerpt from MSAA's article on the latest MS treatment news:

"On March 28, 2017, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced the approval of Ocrevus™ (ocrelizumab) for the treatment of two types of multiple sclerosis (MS): relapsing forms of MS (RMS) and primary-progressive MS (PPMS). This is the first time that a medication has been approved for two types of MS, and the first time that any medication has been approved for PPMS.

As noted, the approval is for relapsing forms of MS (RMS), which are characterized by sudden flare-ups and remissions. RMS includes relapsing-remitting MS (RRMS) as well as secondary-progressive MS (SPMS) with relapses. The approval is also for primary-progressive MS (PPMS), which is a less-common form of the disease and is characterized by a steady accumulation of symptoms.

Ocrevus™ (ocrelizumab) is a humanized monoclonal antibody and is given via intravenous (IV) infusion every six months. It has been shown to reduce annualized relapse rates and reduce disability progression when compared to control groups taking either an approved disease-modifying therapy or a placebo."

For more on Ocrevus, you can read MSAA's full news article here:

mymsaa.org/news/fda-approve...

Thank you,

- John, MSAA

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  • Thank you John, this is so exciting. Have been waiting for this news. I am praying that after this second round of testing, I am given a definitive diagnosis, and maybe get to start on this medication or another. I want to get some normalcy back in my life. 👍😊💐

  • Glad you appreciated the news, CalfeeChick , as I'm sure many members on here and across the country in the MS community did!

    - John, MSAA

  • Thanks for posting this John. I read it earlier and was glad to see that the tumor issue was addressed. We've been talking about that here recently.

  • No problem, Iona60 ! We are here to provide as accurate as can be info. As of today, what is in our article is all we know from the makers of the medication so far. In the next two weeks, they say there will be more info for patients and medical professionals.

    - John, MSAA

  • I read about this yesterday, I get your daily emails, and I am so excited to talk with my doctor about possibly changing my med. They finally found a drug that can help us! I'm looking forward to seeing anything else they can find.

  • Glad we can help give you the best info on the ever-changing world of MS, Shelly36 ! Best of luck in your health discussions with your doc.

    - John, MSAA

  • I just got home from my doc appt, she recommends the Ocrevus for me! I filled out the paperwork for it and now it's a waiting game to see if my insurance will cover it. I asked about the cancer risk and she doesn't think it'll be an issue because it doesn't run in my family. I have been taking Tysabri for a year now, no issues with Pml or serious infections. I had to do blood work at the office for Hepatitis possibilities. I'm so excited to start this med. I've read nothing but good about it minus the cancer scares. Wish me luck and I'll keep you all updated 😀

  • Best of luck with any possible new treatment, Shelly36 !

    - John, MSAA

  • Thanks for the info. Here is another article about Ocrevus -

    tischms.org/news/ocrelizuma...

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