People on fampridine are more responsive to stepping than walking

Koch MW, Patten S, Berzins S, Zhornitsky S, Greenfield J, Wall W, Metz LM.Depression in multiple sclerosis: A long-term longitudinal study.Mult Scler. 2014 May 22. pii: 1352458514536086. [Epub ahead of print]

OBJECTIVE:We aimed to evaluate the effect of slow-release (SR) Fampridine on multiple outcome measures reflecting different domains, and to compare the responsiveness of the Six Spot Step Test (SSST) and the Timed 25 Foot Walk (T25FW).
METHODS:For this study 108 participants were included. On day 0 they were tested with the T25FW, the SSST, the 9-Hole Peg Test (9-HPT), the 5 Times Sit-To-Stand test (5-STS) and the Symbol Digit Modalities Test (SDMT). Four weeks of treatment with SR Fampridine 10 mg BID was commenced. Participants were tested again after 26-28 days of treatment.
RESULTS:Mean changes observed were: SSST -3.4±6.4s (Faster) (p<0.001), T25FW -1.2±3.7s (p<0.001)(Faster, 9-HPT -1.2±6.0s (p<0.001)(Faster, 5- STS -3.4±7.2s (p<0.001) (Fasterand SDMT 1.4±4.8 a.u. (p=0.003) (better). Change on the SSST differed significantly from T25FW (SSST 17.0±19.6% vs. T25FW 11.2±17.1%, p=0.0013). Some 48.6% were found to have a meaningful change on the SSST compared with 25.7% on the T25FW. The response to treatment with SR Fampridine did not correlate with age, sex, Expanded Disability Status Scale and disease duration.

CONCLUSION: SR Fampridine treatment has significant effects on different domains including upper and lower body and cognition. Furthermore, the SSST is more responsive to the effect of SR Fampridine than is the T25FW.

We know that slow release Fampridine can may some of you walk better but if you do a different test that proportion can be bigger, however getting access to the drug is the big problem for many people.

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  • I'm seeing my MP to discuss this, not just for me but wider access to the drug. I've mentioned the All Part Parliamentary Group for MS in my pre meeting info, does anyone have any other ideas how I can approach this?

  • Would the ms society help by adding their weight to ms-ers' need to be treated with what works? After all, the society has recently led a campaign called 'treat me right'. Hope you get a result, Bouncy.

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