MEDICAL RESEARCH

Roche drug succeeds in hard-to-treat form of MS

The logo of Swiss pharmaceutical company Roche is seen outside the Shanghai Roche Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd. headquarters in Shanghai May 22, 2014. REUTERS/Aly Song

The logo of Swiss pharmaceutical company Roche is seen outside the Shanghai Roche Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd. headquarters in Shanghai May 22, 2014. REUTERS/Aly Song  (Copyright Reuters 2015)

Roche said on Monday its experimental drug ocrelizumab had proved effective against primary progressive multiple sclerosis in a keenly awaited final-stage clinical trial.

The injectable antibody medicine is the first product to show positive study results in both the hard-to-treat progressive form of the disease and more common relapsing forms, underscoring its multibillion-dollar sales potential.

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