M.S. Perceptions: Candid HCP/Patient Clinical Conversations About MS

06.01.2022 - By Focus on Neurology and Psychiatry

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Host: Barry A. Singer, MD

Patients living with MS can experience hidden or invisible symptoms that may not be apparent to others but can affect how they feel and function. In this podcast, Dr. Barry Singer, the Director at the Multiple Sclerosis Center for Innovations in Care, and Rosario, a patient who has been living with MS for 10 years, discuss their clinical and personal experiences with MS, and the impact that MS can have on a patient's QoL. In the 2-year AFFIRM pivotal trial: Relapsing MS patients received 300 mg TYSABRI every 28 days (n=627) or placebo (n=315). Patients with PPMS, SPMS, and PRMS were excluded.2,3 83% of patients taking TYSABRI had no sustained disability progression for 12 weeks vs 71% with placebo (primary endpoint: 17% vs 29%; p<0.001).2,3 Dr. Singer reviews the results of a recent publication from Hersh et al, which describes the effect of TYSABRI® (natalizumab) on various aspects of a patient’s QoL. In the study, 164 patients reported their experience after starting TYSABRI using a standard Quality of Life in Neurological Disorders (Neuro-QoL) assessment of 12 domains, which included anxiety, depression, positive affect and well-being, emotional and behavioral dyscontrol, stigma, cognitive function, sleep disturbance, fatigue, participation and satisfaction with social …

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