Breadth of data at ECTRIMS underpins Novartis' relentless commitment to decoding the science of multiple sclerosis (MS) and decreasing the patient burden
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33 abstracts from the leading MS portfolio include data for Gilenya (fingolimod), and investigational drugs siponimod (BAF312) and ofatumumab (OMB157)
Basel, October 10, 2018 - Novartis announced today it will present 33 scientific abstracts at the 34th Congress of the European Committee for Treatment and Research in Multiple Sclerosis (ECTRIMS) being held October 10-12, 2018 in Berlin, Germany. The presentations highlight the company's efforts to advance the understanding of MS and showcase its broad portfolio which addresses different types of MS across patients of all ages.
The abstracts presented at ECTRIMS include studies on Gilenya (fingolimod), a leading oral disease modifying therapy and the only relapsing MS treatment approved in the US for children 10 years of age through to adulthood. There will also be data for the investigational treatment siponimod (BAF312), the first and only oral drug to meaningfully delay disability progression in typical secondary progressive MS (SPMS) patients; and ofatumumab (OMB157), the first self-administered subcutaneous B-cell therapy for relapsing MS (RMS), which is currently in Phase III development.
Novartis will also present new data on neurofilaments, protein fragments that are found in the blood at elevated levels in MS patients when damage to neurons occurs. Today, it is possible to measure neurofilaments in the blood and there is growing evidence that demonstrates a strong correlation between their levels and key measures of MS disease activity. Utilizing blood neurofilaments as an easy-to-use biomarker for MS could transform clinical trials in the future and allow for disease monitoring in real time in routine clinical practice. Novartis is leading the field with 12 data analyses presented so far.
"At Novartis, we are working to ensure there is an effective treatment for every MS patient, regardless of their age or level of disability progression," said Danny Bar-Zohar, Global Head, Neuroscience Development for Novartis. "We are committed to transform the lives of people living with MS and reimagining care by relentlessly confronting the disease from all angles."
Highlights of the Novartis data include:
New research shows neurofilaments are good predictors of long-term clinical outcomes in MS: One study showed neurofilaments were effective in predicting long-term disability progression in patients with RRMS. In another, blood neurofilament light chain predicted brain atrophy in patients with PPMS and SPMS in placebo-controlled Phase III trials of fingolimod (INFORMS) and siponimod (EXPAND) respectively. A third study investigated the predictive value of neurofilaments for disease activity and drug response in pediatric MS patients, and the data suggest that they may be useful biomarkers in this population.
Long-term safety of siponimod in SPMS: New data showed that longer-term follow up treatment (up to six years) with siponimod 2 mg did not reveal any increase in incidence rates of adverse events or new safety findings. These results demonstrated siponimod could be a safe and effective treatment option for typical SPMS patients.
Baseline characteristics of patients in the fully enrolled ASCLEPIOS program with ofatumumab: Studies provide additional data on patients treated with ofatumumab, the first fully human anti-CD20 monoclonal antibody with a monthly self-administered subcutaneous dosing regimen tailored for MS. Two parallel Phase III trials are currently being conducted to evaluate its efficacy and safety versus teriflunomide in patients with relapsing multiple sclerosis (RMS).
About Multiple Sclerosis
Multiple sclerosis (MS) affects approximately 2.3 million people worldwide. MS is a chronic disorder of the central nervous system (CNS) that disrupts the normal functioning of the brain, optic nerves and spinal cord through inflammation and tissue loss.
The evolution of MS results in an increasing loss of both physical (e.g. walking) and cognitive (e.g. memory) function. In adults, there are three types of MS: relapsing-remitting MS, secondary progressive MS and primary progressive MS. Approximately 85 percent of people with MS have relapsing-remitting MS, where the immune system attacks healthy tissue. In children, RRMS accounts for nearly all cases (approximately 98 percent).
About Novartis in Multiple Sclerosis
The Novartis multiple sclerosis portfolio includes Gilenya (fingolimod, an S1P modulator), which is indicated for relapsing forms of MS. In the United States, Gilenya is the first disease-modifying therapy approved for the treatment of children and adolescents 10 to less than 18 years of age with relapsing forms of multiple sclerosis (RMS). In September 2018, the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) recommended approval of Gilenya for the treatment of children and adolescents 10 to 17 years of age with relapsing remitting forms of multiple sclerosis (RRMS). The European Commission will review the CHMP opinion and is expected to deliver its final decision within three months.