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Infusible disease-modifying therapies for multiple sclerosis (MS) are disproportionately more effective at quelling disease activity than oral drugs in younger patients, an advantage that fades by about age 45 years, Enrique Alvarez, MD, PhD, reported at the annual congress of the European Committee for Treatment and Research in Multiple Sclerosis.
Monitoring immunoglobulin levels regularly has become an imperative in patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) on anti-CD20 agents in light of consistent findings from long-term, open-label studies of rituximab and ocrelizumab presented at the annual congress of the European Committee for Treatment and Research in Multiple Sclerosis.
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