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Saturday, October 29, 2011

Phase 3 trial of BG-12

Biogen Idec announced that the experimental oral therapy BG-12 significantly reduced the average number of annual MS relapses in a two-year, Phase III clinical trial of more than 1400 people with relapsing-remitting MS. Although its exact mode of action is not known, BG-12 is thought to inhibit immune cells and molecules involved in MS attacks on the brain and spinal cord. The results of the CONFIRM study were announced in an October 26 press release. Data analysis is ongoing and the company expects to provide a full report at an upcoming medical meeting. Positive results from another Phase 3 trial of BG-12 were also announced this year, paving the way for a potential application for marketing approval.

Full details and evaluation of this study should help to define further the safety and promise of BG-12 as a potential therapy for relapsing MS. According to the company press release, these positive results set the stage for upcoming filings for marketing approval from drug regulatory agencies.

Friday, October 21, 2011

A Must-See Documentary on the History of America’s Disability Rights Movement

On October 27, 2011 at 10pm (Eastern Time), PBS will feature Lives Worth Living, an independent film that explores the challenges people with disabilities encountered before having equal access to schools, apartment buildings, and public transportation. Produced and directed by Eric Neudel, the film is told from the perspective of the disability rights movement’s pioneers, legislators, and other important advocates who for decades fought for equal rights and were victorious in enacting the Americans with Disabilities Act—landmark legislation that guarantees people with disabilities the equal access they deserve.

This powerful and moving film is made possible through the Emmy® Award-winning PBS series, Independent Lens. On October 27, be sure to tune in and watch a transformative film about the powerful movement that vastly improved the conditions for people living with a disability in the United States.