#ClinicSpeak: What’s in a name?
I was then told by one of the participants at the meeting that the parceling up of MS into relapsing and non-relapsing forms, and of chronic progressive MS into primary and secondary progressive MS, was driven by money. When the interferon trials started it was important to make MS an orphan disease, i.e. to having fewer than 200,000 patients classified as having the disease. Being an orphan disease allowed Pharma to access the market with one pivotal trial, gave them market exclusivity and allowed them to charge much more for their drugs. The consequences of this is that we have divided MS into being many diseases, which is to the detriment of people with MS. The consequences of this are not trivial. Being diagnosed as having MS is bad enough, but then being diagnosed as having secondary progressive disease is worse. The latter is interpreted by most people that their disease is not modifiable and that they are not eligible for DMTs. This is incorrect; remember #ThinkHand. In England, we are meant to stop DMTs in the SPMS phase. There are also many other reasons to avoid the diagnosis of SPMS.
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