A new drug for multiple sclerosis that may be approved soon could change the course of this disease for many people.
On a good day, watching Sarah Warto climb the stairs you might not guess that she suffers from multiple sclerosis. But shortly after the birth of her daughter, 2.5 years ago symptoms kicked in.
“It effected my ability to walk. That was probably the biggest issue for me because as the mother of a newborn child all I wanted to do was get up and run around after her,” Warto said.
Now, she’s waiting on the potential approval of a new drug that could change the course of her disease, and possibly her life.
Stephen Hauser, M.D. of UCSF helped oversee testing of the drug.
It was developed by Bay Area-based Genentech, and it’s clinical name is Ocrelizumab.
Hauser says it was able to disrupt symptoms in the less severe form of multiple sclerosis, called relapsing. “Ocrelizumab has been able to nearly completely stop disease activity in people with relapsing and remitting forms of Multiple Sclerosis,” Hauser said.
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