New Pill Offers Promise in Treatment of MS

by Christopher Freeburn | September 20, 2012 10:16 am

People suffering from multiple sclerosis must endure a combination of therapies that have dangerous side effects and often require periodic visits to a hospital.

However, a new drug from Biogen Idec (NASDAQ:BIIB[1]) may provide those treatments in a single pill[2].

The company has conducted clinical trials on BG-12, a combination treatment that helps patients avoid flare ups of multiple sclerosis symptoms, CBS News noted.

Results from those trials, involving 2,000 patients over two years, were published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Patients taking BG-12 experienced half as many symptom relapses as those taking a placebo. They also showed 70% less brain scarring when examined with MRIs.

BG-12 is awaiting approval from the FDA.

Shares of Biogen Idec were fractionally higher in Thursday morning trading.

Multiple sclerosis tends to strike during adulthood. More than 400,000 Americans are currently battling the disease.

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