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Expert Rev Clin Pharmacol. 2012 Nov;5(6):617-28. doi: 10.1586/ecp.12.56.

Teriflunomide for oral therapy in multiple sclerosis.

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Department of Neurology, University Hospital of Basel, Switzerland.

Abstract

Teriflunomide, the active metabolite of an approved antirheumatic drug, is an emerging oral therapy for multiple sclerosis (MS). Next to the inhibition of pyrimidine biosynthesis and proliferation of activated lymphocytes, it seems to have multiple anti-inflammatory and immunomodulating effects. Phase II and III clinical trials in relapsing MS demonstrated favorable safety and tolerability of the drug, as well as clinical efficacy, with a significant reduction of relapse rate, comparable with those of the available injectable immunomodulatory agents. While multiple other studies with teriflunomide are currently ongoing, its exact place in future treatment algorithms for MS is difficult to predict. It may be a good alternative for patients wishing to have an oral treatment with relatively large data regarding long-term safety.

PMID:
23234322
DOI:
10.1586/ecp.12.56
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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