The clinical research director of the UCSF Multiple Sclerosis Center discussed the recently presented analysis on ublituximab’s effect on disability in relapsing MS and the critical need to focus on improving quality of life. [WATCH TIME: 4 minutes]
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“When you talk to people who are living with MS, of course, they want to have good control over relapses. But the other key component in terms of [treatment] efficacy is disability. Demonstrating that a particular product has an effect on disability is extremely important.”
Ublitxumab, an investigational glycoengineered monoclonal antibody against CD20 delivered by intravenous infusion, has shown some success as a possible treatment for relapsing multiple sclerosis (MS). Assessed in a pair of phase 3 trials—ULTIMATE I (NCT03277261) and ULTIMATE II (NCT03277248)—new data suggest that the TG Therapeutics product resulted in clinically meaningful disability improvement.1
The 450-mg infusion demonstrated 12-week confirmed disability improvement in 65 patients, of whom 95% reported sustained improvement through study end. Those with baseline Expanded Disability Status Scale scores of 2 or more at baseline treated with ublituximab reported 1.0-, 1.5-, and 2.0-point gains at 96 weeks in 12.6%. 6.2%, and 3.0% of patients. The (Aubagio; Sanofi) group reported those gains in 7.0%, 2.2%, and 1.1% of patients, respectively.
Those data were presented at the 2022 American Academy of Neurology (AAN) Annual Meeting, April 2-7, in Seattle, Washington, by Bruce Cree, MD, PhD, MAS, FAAN, professor of clinical neurology, University of California, San Francisco (USCF) Weill Institute for Neuroscience, and clinical research director, UCSF Multiple Sclerosis Center. Cree sat down with NeurologyLive® at AAN 2022 to offer his thoughts on the findings and the importance of developing therapies for MS that not only control relapses, but improve quality of life for patients.