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FDA Approves Ocrevus™ for People with Primary Progressive MS or Relapsing MS

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FDA Approves Ocrevus™ for People with Primary Progressive MS or Relapsing MS:
The Food and Drug Administration has approved Ocrevus™ (ocrelizumab - Genentech, a member of the Roche Group) for use in the treatment of primary progressive MS and relapsing MS, making it the first disease-modifying therapy for primary progressive MS. National MS Society announcement and FAQ

What is Ocrevus
Ocrevus is a monoclonal antibody that depletes the number of B-cells circulating in the blood by binding to a molecule (CD20) on the surface of the cells. The medication is administered by intravenous infusion every 6 months.

Trial details and more information
The New England Journal of Medicine December 2016:
Primary progressive MS: Ocrelizumab versus Placebo in Primary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis
Relapsing MS: Ocrelizumab versus Interferon Beta-1a in Relapsing Multiple Sclerosis

Newly Updated MS Coalition Paper:
The Use of Disease-Modifying Therapies in MS
Read the full consensus paper on the principles and current evidence and accompanying summary for general audiences by the Multiple Sclerosis Coalition.
New Social Security Guidebook for Clinicians and their Patients:
The Social Security Administration has updated the criteria for neurologic conditions, including MS. This Guidebook provides you and your patients the information and tools you need to file a successful disability application.
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Wellness in MS Webinars offered by the Society and the Consortium of MS Centers
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