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Are IRTs ahead of their time?

I am beginning to think that immune reconstitution therapies or IRTs are ahead of their time. Many neurologists, people with MS (pwMS), payers – particularly fee-for-service insurance companies – and the regulators are unable to get their heads around how these agents work. In addition, a few recent review articles, written by colleagues, cast doubt on this treatment strategy and the...

HSCT and fake news

I post to manage expectations and counteract fake news.  There is a group of pro-HSCTers going around and saying HSCT is a cure for MS even in MSers with more advanced disease, i.e. it halts and reverses their disability. This is simply not correct and we have no published, peer-reviewed, data to support their position.  The meta-analysis below from Paulo Muraro and colleagues clearly...

HSCT in MS, more a remission than a cure

In a prose to seduce the weary palate, the British neurologist, I recollect saying: “What should be the aims of HSCT treatment? At worst, remission. At best, a cure“. I may just have to eat my words… In a small study from Uppsala University (n=45), Larsson et al. report the effects of HSCT on neuronal damage (using neurofilament levels) and inflammation (IgG index and...

HSCT, is it remission, or is it a cure for MS?

Most of you who read the blog know that I’m highly cynical when it comes to the word ‘CURE’ in the same sentence as a brain disorder or autoimmunity. In fact, it’s very similar to hearing the word VEGAN in the same sentence as pizza or donuts (apologies to any vegans who are currently sitting across from one of these right now; there’s always tomorrow). Why? Where do...

AAN 2019 posters #2

Well, here is part deux of the 2019 AAN posters; a veritable smorgasbord of hidden gems on Market St in Philadelphia. 1. Effect of Ibudilast on Neurofilament light chain in Progressive MS Analysis from a Phase II Trial. Fox et al. Cleveland Clinic.Previous results from the SPRINT-MS study that used 80-100mg/day of Ibudilast, showed slowing of the progression in brain atrophy (i.e. volume loss) by...

1st-line HSCT

If push came to shove would you really choose HSCT as a first-line treatment to treat your MS? When asked on the blog yesterday which DMT would I choose if I had MS, I chose HSCT. One of my patients, who I have been looking after for over a decade, sent me an email stating how upset she was that I had never offered her HSCT. I clearly need to explain my position so as not to upset anyone else...

MS as an indication for HSCT – an American perspective

Dr Luddites As HSCT’s (Haemopoeitic Stem Cell Transplantation) popularity grows, the need for guidance and regulation grows in equal measure. Which is why in 2015, the American Society for Blood and Bone Marrow Transplantation (ASBMT) designated MS as a ‘developmental’ indication for HSCT, but has since reconsidered its position.It must be remembered that HSCT is a technology...

A call to arms – the need for a citizens jury on HSCT

A few weeks ago I did a post on using a Citizens Jury, as a potential way to deal with the emotive issue of a lack of access to HSCT as a potential 1st-line treatment for active MS in the UK. A Citizens Jury can help sort out the disconnect between the needs or implied needs, of the MS community, and the position of the NHS and/or the HCPs in relation to HSCT. A Citizens’ jury is when a group of...

HSCT Citizens’ Jury

Prof G, why do you talk with a forked tongue? I am taking stick from many readers about my stance on HSCT. I implied in a comment yesterday that I would seriously consider it as a first-line treatment if I had MS, but in reality, I don’t offer or support HSCT for my own patients with MS as first-line therapy. Some readers are accusing me of double-standards. Should I walk the talk and put my head...

NEDADI or ‘Nee Daddy’ another treatment target beyond NEDA

Prof G do you think disability improvement is a reasonable treatment goal? NEDADI = no evident disease activity and disability improvement Two weeks ago one of my patients with PPMS, who we treated with off-label subcutaneous cladribine, came for her annual follow-up appointment. Despite being treated with cladribine over 2 years ago she has unfortunately progressed from EDSS 5.5 to 6.5. Her...

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