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Elan/Biogen Idec: Tysabri sees further safety success

Elan and Biogen Idec can breathe a little easier having announced the second round of positive results about the safety of their multiple sclerosis drug Tysabri. These results, which come less than a year after the voluntary withdrawal of the drug from the US market following the death of two patients from a fatal brain disorder, suggest a promising future could still be possible for Tysabri.

Published By Datamonitor
18 Oct 2005
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Ovation Pharmaceuticals' Sabril recommended by FDA panel despite reports of visual field defect

Ovation Pharmaceuticals has announced that an FDA advisory committee has voted unanimously to recommend Sabril (vigabatrin) for the treatment of two severe forms of epilepsy. If approved, Sabril will be the first FDA-approved monotherapy for infantile spasms. However, low historic uptake in the EU and concerns regarding visual field defects suggest that the drug's commercial prospects are limited.

Published By Datamonitor
12 Jan 2009
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Testing times for Tysabri

Biogen Idec and Elan have announced the voluntary suspension from sale and withdrawal from clinical trials of Tysabri, the companies' novel therapy for the treatment of relapse remitting multiple sclerosis (RRMS). This move has already slashed share prices of both companies. Even if Tysabri is relaunched with some form of black-box warning, doubts will surely linger over its long-term safety.

Published By Datamonitor
01 Mar 2005

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