Daclizumab Has Winning Efficacy In MS, But Safety Questions Linger
This article was originally published in The Pink Sheet Daily
Biogen/Abbott multiple sclerosis candidate passed the relapse rate hurdle and showed surprisingly good disability progression data in the Phase II SELECT trial, but there are safety signals that could be a problem.
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Partners Biogen Idec and Elan had asked both European and U.S. regulators to update the label to include the addition of anti-JC virus antibody status as a risk factor, but so far only the EU has moved toward JCV testing.
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