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My sister is monitored closely for PML, and if she's having an infection that isn't being controlled with antibiotics, her doctor has her hold off on that month's Tysabri infusion. I think if Tysabri was pulled off the market, it would crush my sister's hope of every improving or stopping the disease. If my disease advances, I probably couldn't take Tysabri (or Norvantrone for that matter)--I react positively to TB tests.
There is a serious disease PML related to Tysabri. The medication was taken off the market several years ago due to three people dying of PML- Progressive Multifocal Leukoencephalopathy. They found out the reason people contracted PML was because they were taking Avonex/and the other MS medications with Tysabri. I think the Tysabri has given me a second chance at helping slow my disease progress, but with out it I would be on no MS medications to slow the disease.
I am finally set up to take my first Tysabri injection on Tuesday. It has taken a couple of months to get set up because I am in a study. I don't have the paper work on the study in the house and it is COLD outside, so I can post more about the study tomorrow.
Would like to hear from anyone who has taken or is taking Tysabri. Like to know how you have faired, your experience with it and whether it has helped?
) Believe it or not, my big fear at this point is that if more problems keep cropping up, the FDA will pull Tysabri off the market - and then what will those of us in my position do? If Tysabri is taken off the table, the only thing left is Novantrone or clinical trials. And if I fail Tysabri, I don't know if I would qualify for very many clinical trials anyway. So it's not bravery at all - it's more of a lack of options and blind optimism, I guess, lol.
This means that I'm still OK Tysabri wise speaking. My neuro likes to reevaluate Tysabri use at 24 months. I had infusion # 18 last week. He thinks I would be an excellent candidate for Tecfidera. He said that if DMD'd were ranked from 1-100, in terms of 'power' Tysabri would be 100 and Tecfidera would be 75/80. As my MS seems to be pretty well under control. I may have needed Tysabri to get it under control. but Tecfidera should be able to keep it under control.
The drug, which is used mainly to delay the progression of multiple sclerosis, has been on the market since 2006. It originally went on the market in 2005 but was removed due to medical problems that some patients encountered, Bloomgren said. Tysabri is expensive, costing about $40,000 a year. It dampens the immune system, potentially reducing the inflammation that is a major part of multiple sclerosis.
, meaning they feel terrible and begin having many relapses. Well that sure turned me off! Has anyone gone off Tysabri and had these negative effects? Of course the decision keeps getting tougher for me. Today I began a 5 day steroid i infusion treatment to reduce inflammation from my many recent flare ups. While at the infusion center I spoke with a few people who ere there for their monthly Tysabri infusion. They all are having amazing success with it. All told me how much better they feel.
A recent study showed that people who go off Tysabri will most probably experience a serious relapse in their MS.
Maybe your Neuro is jumping the gun?? As for me, I am waiting to see if they pull it off the market, or make changes to their prescribing information. When I had my second opinion last week, he said that there are more cases of PML than the stated 24 Biogen have released, and this information is only available to Neuros and PCP – great!!!! Me too I am a blubbering mess, trying to get my head around all of this. All I can say is do your research, and do it well.
The additional cases are important because they may increase the drug's risk profile and raise questions about the companies' responsibility in updating the market on the safety record of Tysabri, a key product for Biogen and Elan that generates nearly $1 billion in yearly revenue. Both stocks fell on heavy volume Friday.
I'll start it off... I was diagnosed in Feb. 2008 Was on Rebif for 6 months prior to Tysabri. I have been on Tysabri since Oct. 2008 - will get infusion #37 next week. Both my neuro and I do feel it is helping. I still continue to have issues related to MS, and some have started while I've been on Tysabri, but we feel it has definitely slowed the rapid downhill slide I was on prior to starting it.
It seems very unusual for people to be prescribed Tysabri right off the bat. I am very confused as to what drug to go on, if any. His first choice for me is Tysabri, followed by Gilenya, followed by Copoxone. I have a Naturopath (who actually has MS) who is vehemently against all of the drugs and questions their efficacy. The neurologist says it's my decision but I feel completely unqualified to make such an important decision.
I know that mandatory testing isn't happening as my sister wasn't tested prior to starting Tysabri. My reasoning, of course, may be way off. But from what I'm finding out from my Internet research is that PML and cancer isn't the only thing that should be considered. I'm more confused and conflicted than ever. I'm also a little disappointed that other medicines aren't on the market that don't suppress the immune system.
I just want everyone to know that for every good story about tysabri there is also some bad ones. And for those of you that don't know: there has been two more cases of PML ( a potentially lethal brain virus) from tysabri. I knew that risk when I took the drug, but after having such a bad reaction the word "risk" takes on a very REAL meaning. The risks are REAL. Be careful. Be educated. Be proactive about your own health because no one is going to look out for YOU as much as YOU.
When Tysabri first came on the market after clinical trials, there were 3 deaths from PML and it was pulled from the market. All 3 patients had been on one of the first line DMDs while they were also taking Tysabri. The thought at the time was that if patients took Tysabri alone, PML would not be an issue. Tysabri was re-released to the market, but with strict conditions and monitoring requirements, known as the TOUCH program. Unfortunately, that has not proven to be true.
I appreciate anyone who is switching to tecfidera keeping us updated. Thank you, Sarah!
The article also says that the patient was started on Gilenya after only being off Tysabri for 6 weeks, when the recommended washout period is actually 12 weeks. There are still alot more questions than answers about this situation - hopefully more specific information will continue to become available, so it can all be put into better perspective. And hopefully this will prove to be an isolated case ... time will tell.
My neuro would like to see me on Tysabri but I would prefer it to be on the market longer with more studies as to why some get that brain infection (one in one thousand). What I am doing is trying to buy time. I have agreed that if things become worse then I will do it. I have only been under the care of a competent doctor for six months. I know the MS is out of control and I know it is a gamble to wait. I guess my answer to you is...fear...plain and simple.
There has been some recent discussion about LP's as part of JCV/PML detection protocol. I am having a blood test, brain MRI and an LP every 6 months as part of my Tysabri treatment. This article from the Journal of Neurology discusses this protocol. http://www.msrcny.org/sites/default/files/articles/JCVpaper.
I was going to hear off nothing but Tysabri! I even doddled with the rebiff prescription for a few days, telling myself that I wouldn't take anything if I had to self inject. Stupid neurologist!!!!! My 30th birthday looms (like a dark clould) and maturity decided to set in this week and see the sense in the advice I was given by the professional I have come to trust..... So here I am on my second Rebif injection and here's how its going: Firstly: I am on an introduction course (so its only .
I'm so very grateful that we all succeeded! During those 18 months that Tysabri was off the market, I was hit by a severe relapse which ultimately put me in a wheelchair. And even though I am still wheelchair bound (that damage is probably permanent now), my Quality of Life has greatly improved and my MS is now stable, thank goodness.
For those who haven't changed and currently on a traditional (CRAB), what would make you jump ship off of a an injectable? And, if you've already gone oral, or infusion, what made you decide? Was it DMD failure? Was it side affects? Curiosity? Progression? All of these things we are suppose to consider when making a decision, but since we are all family here, in the end, we all have our own personal reasons. If you feel like sharing, would be interested in hearing the rationale.
I had forgotten that Plegridy even exists, so I looked it up for more info. Turns out it is made by Biogen Idec, who also make and market Avonex and Tysabri. It is a kind of interferon, and is administered via injection every two weeks. The doses are stepped up, with full levels reached after several weeks.
And the disability from out of control MS has to be considered.. So that's why Tysabri was brought back on the market. I'll look up the exact data. But if the CRAB drugs weren't working for me, Tysabri would definitely be my next choice.
Otherwise I am doing great for someone with PPMS. He is looking at BG-12 for me but it is not on the market. With the new pain clinic I am back to my old self accept with fatigue. I still have pain but if I exercise everyday I am okay. Duke has started a MS Program. Parkinson's and Alzheimer's have been the main focuses of research and care. They have hired more researchers, doctors in clinic and staff. I am off to train Grady and then out to ride it is in the 60's.
disappeared a few weeks after that one infusion. Right after that it was taken off the market for a period of time. I am wondering if you have tried it or talked to people who have. Just curious. I have a feeling they will be changing my medication very soon due to my recent MRI results, but I get the feeling that my specialist views tysabri as one of the "big guns", as in " we will wait to use that as a last resort." Wondering if your specialist thinks the same.
I've heard of Alemtuzumab (Campath) being used off-label for MS patients as well, though it was withdrawn from the market last year apparently in the run-up to having it approved and labelled directly for use with certain autoimmune diseases. I'm interested to know why he thought Tysabri was a no-go for you. Obviously I'm not after details if this involves personal medical history, but if it was a more generalised reasoning I'd be intrigued to know.
Has anyone every gone off the Avonex--& if so how did it go? Wanting so badly to quit the shots! Been doing them since '98 & it's getting hard to get the needle through the skin on my legs. I went from '78 to '98 with no episodes & was diagnosed then. That was with no meds of any kind for that 20 years!!
I didn't know Tysabri was used for Crohn's disease, too. Have you printed out the stats that you've found about Tysabri? How about a list of questions, like what evidence is there that your T10 lesion will lead to parpalegia? I wish I could send you some reassurance, calmness. It's no wonder you're a nervous wreck, but you know its doing you harm. I'm sending you hugs and calming thoughts....
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