MS patients not receiving medications to slow disease progression, research shows

WINSTON-SALEM Neurologists at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center have found that many patients diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) are not taking or being prescribed drugs approved to treat the disease.

"When we looked at patients who are being seen by family practitioners and by neurologists, we were surprised at the number of people who are not benefiting from drugs proven to help reduce the side effects of MS," said Cormac O'Donovan, M.D., a neurologist and co-investigator of the study. "Hopefully by educating physicians about the benefits of these drugs and beginning treatment early, we can slow the progression of this disease."

O'Donovan's research was published this month by Biomed Central Medicine on their website at biomedcentral.com.

O'Donovan and his team studied patient visits to family practitioners, neurologists or internists between 1998 and 2004 across the United States. There were an estimated 6.7 million MS patient visits to physicians during this time. Neurologists recorded the most patient visits (50.7 percent).

About 62 percent of patients visiting neurologists and 92 percent seen by family practitioners/internists were not using immunomodulatory agents (IMAs), according to the research. Treatment with IMAs is known to reduce the frequency of relapses and slow disease progression.

Six IMAs have been approved by the U.S. Federal Drug Administration (FDA) for use in treating MS. They are: interferon-1b (sold under the name Betaseron), interferon-1a (Avonex), glatiramer acetate (GA or Copaxone), interferon-1a (Rebif), mitoxantrone (Novantrone) and natalizumab (Tysabri).

"Our study could not determine exactly why these FDA approved drugs were not being prescribed for the treatment of MS," O'Donovan said. "Some individuals may have mild symptoms at first and decide to defer treatment. Other factors may be that physicians are not as

Contact: Rae Bush
Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center

Page: 1 2

Related medicine news :

1. Fluctuating eye pressure associated with visual field deterioration in glaucoma patients
2. Comparison of obstetric outcomes between on-call and patients own obstetricians
3. Researchers find vitamin B1 deficiency key to vascular problems for diabetic patients
4. Stem cell transplantation procedure results in long-term survival for amyloidosis patients
5. Happier hospitals means healthier patients
6. Many heart attack patients still not getting emergency clot-busting treatment
7. HealthGrades study: Bariatric surgery patients have fewer complications at high-volume hospitals
8. 6 out of 10 doctors arent frustrated that patients cant lower cholesterol
9. Program announced to improve care in developing areas for patients with blood disorders
10. When minority patients have insurance and a medical home, their health care improves
11. Intensive-care patients with alcohol problems are more likely to require mechanical ventilation

Post Your Comments:

(Date:8/31/2020)... ... August 31, 2020 , ... Cardiothoracic ... joining biomedical engineers from Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) to develop a new heart ... have undergone open heart surgery. , The AGH/CMU team was recently awarded a ...
(Date:8/31/2020)... ... August 31, 2020 , ... Want to get moving, ... Palsy Alliance Research Foundation (CPARF) is thrilled to launch its fourth annual STEPtember campaign ... fully virtual challenge, STEPtember meets everyone wherever they are at this moment — encouraging ...
(Date:8/31/2020)... ... , ... The pandemic and topsy-turvy economic outlook continues to put financial strain on many of ... trim the fat from our monthly expenses and put more into savings, if possible. , ... have a financial safety net in place in case something were to happen to you,” ...
(Date:8/31/2020)... ... August 31, 2020 , ... Bonde Innovations, LLC, a ... advanced heart failure, today announced that the company has been awarded a Phase ... the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health ...
(Date:8/28/2020)... ... August 28, 2020 , ... ... to a customized Lighthouse Health & Wellness mobile app and web-portal. NCPCV received ... Motorola Solutions Foundation awards grants each year to organizations, such as Destination Imagination, ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:8/31/2020)... ... August 31, 2020 , ... ... advisory guide, has named Cloudticity a Gold winner in the 15th Annual 2020 ... peer recogniti o ns from Network Products Guide honoring achievements of ...
(Date:8/27/2020)... , ... August 27, 2020 , ... Austin Oral Surgery ... is pleased to announce Dr. David Szalay, DDS, MD, has joined the practice. An ... in the new Pflugerville office, which is scheduled to open this fall. The new ...
(Date:8/27/2020)... (PRWEB) , ... August 27, 2020 , ... The ... conclusion of its fundraising initiative for Feeding San Diego with a press ... The GHT Companies presents the final check of $5,000.00+ representing an overall donation result ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:
Cached News: