Japanese Study Finds Gilenya Limits Lesions and Relapses in MS Patients
A Japanese study has found that long-term use of the drug Gilenya (fingolimod) helps to limit brain lesions and relapses in multiple sclerosis patients.
The three-year study is Phase 2 of a clinical research project following 147 patients with relapsing multiple sclerosis. The initial phase found that fewer detectable lesions were picked up on MRI scans in MS patients taking Gilenya than those who took a different medication (interferon beta-1a) after six months on the drug.
Phase 2 followed the progress of 143 of the original patients on Gilenya after three years and discovered that 88 to 100 percent of patients had no new or enlarged T2 lesions and 75 to 100 percent had no new T1 lesions.
The number of relapses experienced by patients in the trial also dropped, with between 45 percent and 62 percent of patients being relapse-free. Find out more about this study here.
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