New drug approved to treat children with MS

02 May 2019

On Wednesday, 1 May 2019, The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has approved Gilenya (fingolimod) for the treatment of children and adolescents 10-17 years old with relapsing forms of multiple sclerosis.

The registration makes Gilenya the first licenced disease-modifying treatment for children and adolescents in Australia.

The decision was announced by Novartis after a global study proved its positive effects in reducing relapses with fewer side effects.

Up until now children have been prescribed adult medication, leaving them with uncomfortable side effects.

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