Specialty pharmacists help reduce MS relapse risk

Specialty pharmacists help reduce MS relapse risk

Relapsing multiple sclerosis (RMS) is the most common form of multiple sclerosis. Since there is no cure, patients are maintained on disease-modifying therapy (DMT) to help slow disease progression, reduce disease relapses, and limit new disease activity.

However, long-term persistence to DMTs is low, with many patients switching or discontinuing DMT treatment. Low DMT persistence increases the risk for relapse and relapse-related costs related to emergency department visits and inpatient admissions.

In a retrospective, cross-sectional study, reported in Multiple Sclerosis and Related Disorders, Miranda Kozlicki, PharmD, and colleagues discovered that over three years, only 36% of patients remained on index treatments. Some common reasons for discontinuing or switching DMTs were adverse events/side effects, insurance formulary changes, and lack of disease improvement.

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