Actual medical care situation and therapeutic needs in multiple sclerosis : Impact of the Pharmaceutical Market Restructuring Act (AMNOG).

CONCLUSION: The AMNOG procedure currently only partially fulfills the original aims, which could be the reason why guidelines play a more important role for therapy decision-making than FJC decisions. As the early evaluation procedure is an adaptive process methodological shortcomings might be overcome in the future; however, this requires a much closer collaboration between the FJC and neurological societies. PMID: 27023842 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: Der Nervenarzt - Category: Neurology Authors: Tags: Nervenarzt Source Type: research

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A Florida-based charity will pay $4 million to resolve claims that it acted as a conduit for companies including Biogen Inc and Novartis AG to pay kickbacks to Medicare patients using their high-priced multiple sclerosis drugs, the U.S. Justice Department said on Wednesday.
Source: Reuters: Health - Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news
We report a woman with multiple sclerosis who discontinued fingolimod in the first month of her pregnancy. She developed severe disease rebound which responded poorly to steroids. She was started on rituximab, which was continued during the rest of her pregnancy and beyond. Rituximab appeared safe and well tolerated by both mother and infant, and could be considered in pregnancy for those patients with multiple sclerosis who are at high risk of gestational and postpartum relapse.
Source: Case Reports in Womens Health - Category: OBGYN Source Type: research
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Source: Journal of Clinical Neuromuscular Disease - Category: Neurology Tags: Letters to the Editor Source Type: research
Condition:   Multiple Sclerosis Interventions:   Behavioral: Exergames;   Behavioral: Adaptive COGNI-TRAcK;   Behavioral: Sham COGNI-TRAcK Sponsors:   San Camillo Hospital, Rome;   Fondazione Don Carlo Gnocchi Onlus;   Fondazione Italiana Sclerosi Multipla;   Rehabilitation Unit 'Mons. L. Novarese' Hospital, Moncrivello (VC), IT;   University of Chieti Not yet recruiting
Source: ClinicalTrials.gov - Category: Research Source Type: clinical trials
A strong north-to-south gradient is observed in the distribution of multiple sclerosis (MS), hinting toward an environmental etiology. Vitamin D has been associated with a decreased incidence of MS and may explain, in part, the lower prevalence in tropical climates. However, the existence of MS epidemics implies the possibility of an infectious etiology. Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) infection precedes MS presentation in nearly all affected individuals. While the individual contribution of EBV, vitamin D deficiency, and specific risk genes to MS etiology is possible, their potential interaction is of great interest and may have...
Source: Journal of Neuroimmunology - Category: Allergy & Immunology Authors: Tags: Review article Source Type: research
In patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) and healthy controls (HC) we studied circulating MAIT cells and MAIT cell subtypes expressing CXCR3 and CCR6 by flow cytometry. Absolute numbers of MAIT cells and specifically Tc17-like MAIT cells were lower in patients with primary progressive MS (PPMS) than in controls. Low numbers of Tc17-like MAIT cells were associated with smoking and high concentrations of myelin basic protein in the cerebrospinal fluid. Treatment with alemtuzumab and dimethyl fumarate decreased MAIT cell frequencies.
Source: Journal of Neuroimmunology - Category: Allergy & Immunology Authors: Source Type: research
Our work consists of a pilot study to characterize circulating Th/c1, Th/c2, Th/c17, Treg and Tfh-like populations and IL-17 serum levels of relapsing-remitting (RR) MS patients treated with IFN- β, compared with healthy controls.In remission RRMS patients, we observe increased Th/c17 cells frequency committed to a Th1 profile and increased soluble IL-17 levels. Moreover, a shift toward Th/c2 with reduction of Tc1 cells and decrease in effector/terminal differentiated compartment of Th1 cel ls were also observed.
Source: Journal of Neuroimmunology - Category: Allergy & Immunology Authors: Source Type: research
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an autoimmune disease that remains in need of effective therapies. Plant-derived medicines have appealing properties for the treatment of autoimmune diseases. MYMD-1 is a synthetic plant alkaloid that has been shown to ameliorate the course of autoimmune thyroiditis. The goal of the present study was to determine whether MYMD-1 would produce similar beneficial effects in a mouse model of MS, experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE) induced by immunization with myelin oligodendrocyte glycoprotein.
Source: Journal of Neuroimmunology - Category: Allergy & Immunology Authors: Tags: Short communication Source Type: research
Conclusions: MAIT cell levels correlated with MS course both clinically and radiologically, showing marked and sustained oligoclonality. These findings may contribute to a better understanding of pathophysiological phenomena underlying the course of MS, and discovery of MAIT cell inhibitors could pave the way for the development of new therapeutic strategies.
Source: Frontiers in Immunology - Category: Allergy & Immunology Source Type: research
ConclusionThe 90% frequency of multiple sclerosis patients with vitamin D deficiency, together with the significant association of vitamin D status with the absence of fatigue and improved physical and functional well-being, points to vitamin D supplementation as a potential therapy to enhance the patient ’s quality of life.Relevance of the article for predictive, preventive, and personalized medicineThis article emphasizes that vitamin D supplementation can improve clinical outcome in multiple sclerosis patients providing immune modulation and neuroprotection. Identification and correction of vitamin D deficiency ha...
Source: EPMA Journal - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: research
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