Efficacy and tolerability of natalizumab in relapsing–remitting multiple sclerosis patients: a post-marketing observational study
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- Sangalli, F., Moiola, L., Bucello, S. et al. Neurol Sci (2011) 31: 299. doi:10.1007/s10072-010-0344-z
To evaluate the efficacy and safety of natalizumab in patients with active relapsing–remitting multiple sclerosis (MS). We included 285 MS patients receiving natalizumab. Clinical, neuroradiological and safety data were registered every 6 months. Neutralizing antibodies (NABs) were tested after 6 months of treatment. After 1 year, the annualized relapse rate decreased to 0.26, with a significant reduction compared to the previous year (2.13). At 24 months the proportion of “relapse free” patients was 78% while that of “MRI free” patients was 69%. Considering clinical and MRI cumulative activity, “disease free” patients were 63% at 24 months. A total of 18 patients showed NABs positivity. We reported 34 cases of treatment interruptions. In conclusion, our data confirm the remarkable efficacy of natalizumab in a group of patients with higher disease activity than that of pivotal studies.