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Why is everyone drinking anti-CD20 kool-aid?

Prof G will ocrelizumab and rituximab prevent SPMS? Just back from the COMBAT-MS stakeholders meeting in Pasadena with the Kaiser (Kaiser Foundation Research Institute) and Swedish (Karolinska Institute) trial teams, PCORI (Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute) and many brave an wonderful people with MS and their families. The COMBAT-MS study (NCT03193866) is recruiting well and is on...

COMBAT-MS: have your say

What are the most important outstanding research questions for people with MS? Depending on how long you have been following this blog you may or may not be aware of the COMBAT-MS study. This is a study that is funded by the US government as part of  the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). COMBAT-MS is a US-Swedish initiative for a hybrid study between a traditional...

ADIOS

Yes, why can’t we use anti-CD20 therapies as an immune constitution therapy (IRT) or at least adapt the dose based on B-cell reconstitution kinetics? And if we can’t beat the Swedes why can’t we join them? ADIOS = ADaptIve Ocrelizumab dosing Study There is mounting evidence from NMO and rheumatology that anti-CD20 therapies can be used as either a maintenance therapy or an immune...

To vaccinate or not?

Should your vaccine status be checked and updated before you start treatment? As part of our programme to derisk disease-modifying therapies (DMTs) for pwMS in our service, we are reviewing our vaccination policy. One issue that has emerged is the possible need to boost immunity to certain types of bacteria that are known to pose a risk in patients on long-term immunosuppression, in particular B...

To B or not to B

Is targeting the B-cell sufficient to get on top of MS or do we need something extra? I spoke at the MS Nurses’ MS@TheLimits2019 meeting at the Royal College of Physicians yesterday. My brief was to cover the role of B-cells in the pathogenesis of MS and to review the converging evidence that supports B-cells being the central player in the pathogenesis of MS. It is clear that depleting B...

How to manage RRMS – induction followed by maintenance

I’ve been harping on about this strategy for the better half of the past two years, and lo and behold someone has actually done it, and it actually works. The drugs utilized in this study are in fact irrelevant, the importance is the strategy itself. What strategy you ask? Rodo’s Thinker! I’m glad you asked. The one where you go in with all guns blazing and then follow it up...

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