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Interferon beta-1a for multiple sclerosis: old drug, new clothes

Hans-Peter Hartung

The Lancet Neruology, Volume 13, Issue 7, July 2014, Pages 638–639

The development of new drugs for treatment of relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis has been extremely successful. The oral drugs dimethylfumarate and teriflunomide and the monoclonal antibody alemtuzumab have enlarged the therapeutic armamentarium, which is presently composed of ten approved drugs.1 and 2 In The Lancet Neurology, Peter Calabresi and colleagues report the 48-week results of a phase 3 trial (ADVANCE) 3of an old drug in a new formulation: pegylated interferon beta-1a.

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About the Editors

  • Prof Timothy Vartanian

    Timothy Vartanian, Professor at the Brain and Mind Research Institute and the Department of Neurology, Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell...
  • Dr Claire S. Riley

    Claire S. Riley, MD is an assistant attending neurologist and assistant professor of neurology in the Neurological Institute, Columbia University,...
  • Dr Rebecca Farber

    Rebecca Farber, MD is an attending neurologist and assistant professor of neurology at the Neurological Institute, Columbia University, in New...

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