Multiple Sclerosis News Today brought you daily coverage of important discoveries, treatment developments, clinical trials, and other events dealing with multiple sclerosis throughout 2017.
We look forward to providing more news to MS patients, family members, and caregivers during 2018.
As a reminder of what mattered most to you in 2017, here are the 10 most read articles of last year.
No reports of an MS patient developing a life-threatening brain disease known as progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy surfaced during clinical trials of the now-approved therapy Ocrevus (ocrelizumab). But doctors reported the case of a person who developed the disease after being switched from Tysabri (natalizumab) to Ocrevus. Tysabri is known to increase the risk of the disease. Genentech, Ocrevus’ developer, did not exclude the possibility that the therapy gave rise to the disease, but no other cases were reported during 2017.
Although not a cure for multiple sclerosis, Ocrevus has raised hopes of a world free of the disease some day, Dr. Tim Coetzee said in an interview in March 2017. Coetzee, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s chief advocacy, services and research officer, also said the organization would be doing what it could to make Ocrevus available to as many MS patients as possible. While Ocrevus is the first therapy approved for primary progressive MS, it will likely help relapsing MS patients even more, Coetzee said.
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