Nurse Joan shares the advancements that have been made in the field of Multiple Sclerosis.
Read the full transcript »
Advancements in Field of Multiple Sclerosis Joan Ohayon: I'm a certified Registered Nurse Practitioner and I worked at the National Institutes of Health. Specifically I work for NINDS which is the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke and I'm in the Neuroimmunology Branch. We study multiple sclerosis. So, I have worked for a number of years focusing on multiple sclerosis research. In addition to that, I'm the research advocate for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society in National Capital Chapter. What Advancements Have Been Made In The Field Of Multiple Sclerosis? Joan Ohayon: MS has come a long way. The first therapy that was ever proved for MS was in 1993 and prior to 1993, there are no medications for multiple sclerosis. Since that time, we now have approved by the FDA six medications for multiple sclerosis and there are numerous clinical trials. The medications that are currently available are given by either injection or by IV, intravenous injection. And now, there are number of different clinical charts actually looking at oral medications, a pill which of course may be much more appealing to people who do have MS.