Switch to Natalizumab versus Fingolimod in Active Relapsing-Remitting Multiple Sclerosis

Tomas Kalincik*, Dana Horakova, Tim Spelman, Vilija Jokubaitis, Maria Trojano, Alessandra Lugaresi, Guillermo Izquierdo, Csilla Rozsa, Pierre Grammond, Raed Alroughani, Pierre Duquette, Marc Girard, Eugenio Pucci, Jeannette Lechner-Scott, Mark Slee, Ricardo Fernandez-Bolanos, Francois Grand'Maison, Raymond Hupperts, Freek Verheul, Suzanne HodgkinsonCelia Oreja-Guevara, Daniele Spitaleri, Michael Barnett, Murat Terzi, Roberto Bergamaschi, Pamela McCombe, Jose Sanchez-Menoyo, Magdolna Simo, Tunde Csepany, Gabor Rum, Cavit Boz, Eva Havrdova, Helmut Butzkueven

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Abstract

In patients suffering multiple sclerosis activity despite treatment with interferon ? or glatiramer acetate, clinicians often switch therapy to either natalizumab or fingolimod. However, no studies have directly compared the outcomes of switching to either of these agents.Using MSBase, a large international, observational, prospectively acquired cohort study, we identified patients with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis experiencing relapses or disability progression within the 6 months immediately preceding switch to either natalizumab or fingolimod. Quasi-randomization with propensity score-based matching was used to select subpopulations with comparable baseline characteristics. Relapse and disability outcomes were compared in paired, pairwise-censored analyses.Of the 792 included patients, 578 patients were matched (natalizumab, n?=?407; fingolimod, n?=?171). Mean on-study follow-up was 12 months. The annualized relapse rates decreased from 1.5 to 0.2 on natalizumab and from 1.3 to 0.4 on fingolimod, with 50% relative postswitch difference in relapse hazard (p?=?0.002). A 2.8 times higher rate of sustained disability regression was observed after the switch to natalizumab in comparison to fingolimod (p?
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)425-435
JournalAnnals of Neurology
Volume77
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2015

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