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New Report Analyzes Key Controversies in Multiple Sclerosis Treatment
Date:11/14/2007

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., Nov. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- MedPredict Market Research, a global provider of pharmaceutical competitive intelligence and market research, has published a new report providing critical strategic insight for pharma and biotech companies with a stake in the market for MS therapies.

In this report, entitled "MedPredict Thought Leader Insight & Analysis: Multiple Sclerosis," physician experts discuss the key controversies emerging from ECTRIMS (European Committee for Treatment and Research in MS) 2007, including:

-- Early aggressive therapy vs. more conservative approaches.

-- The negative results from REGARD, and implications for the powering of

MS trials. The report offers predictions on results expected in the

BEYOND, PreCISe and OLYMPUS.

-- The potential for pulmonary delivery of interferon and Copaxone.

-- The numerous orally available drugs in development for MS. The report

reviews the benefits and drawbacks of fingolimod, other S1Ps,

short-acting VLA4, teriflunomide, laquinimod, fampridine, fumarates and

other oral options, and predicts where they will fall on the

safety/efficacy spectrum.

-- The status and potential of a number of vaccine approaches.

-- Intriguing neuroprotection / neuroregeneration strategies, including

LINGO, anti-myelin-associated-glycoprotein MAb and remyelination MAb.

Drugs/Mechanisms mentioned in this report include: S1P agonists (fingolimod; Novartis, S1P1; Roche/Actelion, Sphingomab; Lpath, S1P1 modulators; Epix / Amgen), inhibitors of DNA synthesis/repair (teriflunomide; Sanofi-Aventis, cladribine; Ivax/Serono), potassium channel blockers (fampridine; Acorda, BNC-245; Bionomics), interferons (Avonex; Biogen, Rebif; Ares-Serono, Betaseron; Bayer-Schering and Biferonex; Biopartners Holdings), VLA4 inhibitors (Tysabri; Biogen/Elan, firategrast; GlaxoSmithKline, CDP-323; UCB/Biogen; ATL1102 (Antisense Therapeutics), B-cell inhibitors (rituximab; Biogen/Genentech/Roche, ocrelizumab; Genentech/Roche, CamPath/alemtuzumab; Genzyme / Bayer-Schering, ofatumumab; Genmab/GSK, GA-101; Glycart / Roche), Anti-CD-25 (daclizumab; PDL/Biogen/Roche), other autoimmune suppressants (laquinimod; Teva), myelin basic proteins (Copaxone; Teva, PI-2301 (Peptimmune), MBP8298; BioMS, BHT-3009; Bayhill, Tovaxin; Opexa, NeuroVax; Orchestra, VG-1000/RTL-1000; Artielle), fumartes (BG-12; Biogen), hormonal therapy (estriol; Pipex, testosterone; UCLA), anti-myelin-associated-glycoprotein MAb (GSK), Neurodex (dextromethorphan + quinidine; Avanir), Remyelination MAb (Acorda / Mayo).

About MedPredict

MedPredict (http://www.medpredict.com) maintains a proprietary database of over 1,000 global physician thought leaders, including 40+ specialties in 30+ therapeutic categories. Based on primary interviews with these thought leaders, MedPredict publishes periodic reports in each category to keep clients up-to-date on emerging trends and competitive activity. The reports include thought leader reactions to recent publications and medical conferences, as well as clinical, regulatory and marketing activity.


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