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Country, sex, EDSS change and therapy choice independently predict treatment discontinuation in multiple sclerosis and clinically isolated syndrome

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posted on 2012-06-29, 00:00 authored by Claire Meyniel, Timothy Spelman, Vilija G Jokubaitis, Maria Trojano, Guillermo Izquierdo, François Grand'Maison, Celia Oreja-Guevara, Cavit Boz, Alessandra Lugaresi, Marc Girard, Pierre Grammond, Gerardo Iuliano, Marcela Fiol, Jose Antonio Cabrera-Gomez, Ricardo Fernandez-Bolanos, Giorgio Giuliani, Jeannette Lechner-Scott, Edgardo Cristiano, Joseph Herbert, Tatjana Petkovska-Boskova, Roberto Bergamaschi, Vincent van Pesch, Fraser Moore, Norbert Vella, Mark Slee, Vetere Santiago, Michael Barnett, Eva Havrdova, Carolyn Young, Carmen-Adella Sirbu, Mary Tanner, Michelle Rutherford, Helmut Butzkueven, MSBasis Study Group, Cameron ShawCameron Shaw
OBJECTIVES: We conducted a prospective study, MSBASIS, to assess factors leading to first treatment discontinuation in patients with a clinically isolated syndrome (CIS) and early relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (RRMS). METHODS: The MSBASIS Study, conducted by MSBase Study Group members, enrols patients seen from CIS onset, reporting baseline demographics, cerebral magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) features and Expanded Disability Status Scale (EDSS) scores. Follow-up visits report relapses, EDSS scores, and the start and end dates of MS-specific therapies. We performed a multivariable survival analysis to determine factors within this dataset that predict first treatment discontinuation. RESULTS: A total of 2314 CIS patients from 44 centres were followed for a median of 2.7 years, during which time 1247 commenced immunomodulatory drug (IMD) treatment. Ninety percent initiated IMD after a diagnosis of MS was confirmed, and 10% while still in CIS status. Over 40% of these patients stopped their first IMD during the observation period. Females were more likely to cease medication than males (HR 1.36, p = 0.003). Patients treated in Australia were twice as likely to cease their first IMD than patients treated in Spain (HR 1.98, p = 0.001). Increasing EDSS was associated with higher rate of IMD cessation (HR 1.21 per EDSS unit, p<0.001), and intramuscular interferon-β-1a (HR 1.38, p = 0.028) and subcutaneous interferon-β-1a (HR 1.45, p = 0.012) had higher rates of discontinuation than glatiramer acetate, although this varied widely in different countries. Onset cerebral MRI features, age, time to treatment initiation or relapse on treatment were not associated with IMD cessation. CONCLUSION: In this multivariable survival analysis, female sex, country of residence, EDSS change and IMD choice independently predicted time to first IMD cessation.



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C Journal article; C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

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