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Datamonitor Healthcare CNS Disease Analysis: Multiple Sclerosis (MS)

May 12, 2020

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is widely recognized as the most common neurological and inflammatory disorder of the central nervous system (CNS) in the adult population. It is a chronic, recurrent, progressive autoimmune disorder characterized by repeated episodes of inflammation of the white matter nervous tissue of the CNS. The location of the inflammation varies from person to person and from episode to episode, and as such, results in a variety of clinical symptoms. The periventricular regions, optic nerves, brainstem, cerebellum, and spinal cord are common locations for inflammation in MS. The average age for disease onset is 30 years, with women being twice as likely to develop MS compared to men.

A large selection of disease-modifying therapies (DMTs) are currently available in the MS market, with a sizable range of attributes, potencies, and safety profiles. Consequently, this set of DMTs typically can yield some relief for this chronic condition. Utilization of first- generation DMTs, such as Avonex, Betaseron, Copaxone, and Rebif, is declining due to their comparatively poor safety, efficacy, and administration profiles versus newer DMTs. Most are genericized, but still see some use in the first-line treatment setting, particularly for less severe cases of MS and especially where payer pressure is involved.

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Indications Covered: Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
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