Multiple Sclerosis is a chronic disease and the MS patients typically have to suffer for around 30-40 years struggling with conducting daily tasks like walking, doing routine tasks, going to the office and having a good vision. An MS patient has to fight the disease on a continuous basis and the only advice which physicians give to their patients is to live their life every day. There needs to be a cure, however, for the disease to put an end to this suffering of the patients on a daily basis. The cure would lead the patients to have a disease free life and let them live without any worry of worsening symptoms or having an awful day.
But is a cure already in sight? We would need to see that on the basis of research already happening.
Present research and Medications
The historical research conducted in MS has led to around 15 medications being introduced in the Multiple Sclerosis market, the latest one being Ocrelizumab. There have been great developments in the MS space which has led to increased efficacy of the Disease Modifying drugs and has led to patients and physicians better control the disease. For example, the recent therapies like Ocrelizumab and other therapies like Gilenya, Tysabri have much higher efficacy as compared to the traditional Injectables which although safer, were not much effective in controlling the disease in the patient having high disease activity.
However, almost all the Disease Modifying treatments introduced so far in the MS space, work on the relapse control and to some extent on slowing the disability progression in the patients. None of the Drugs claim to completely cure the disease and the cure for MS disease is a big unmet need.
Future of MS Medications
The future for MS patients looks bright though, with a lot of research happening to develop a cure for Multiple Sclerosis patients. MS is caused typically due to the destruction of protective Myelin layer around the brain tissues which leads to tissue damage also known as lesions, thereby causing MS symptoms and relapses. There is a great research currently being conducted by multiple scientists who are working on the tissue repair and remyelination of the brain cells which would further lead to curing the MS disease. Some breakthrough therapies, leading to the cure for MS disease, are expected in the near future.
Apart from the research for MS cure, many therapists are recommending healthy lifestyles which help in substantially reducing MS symptoms and help patients lead a normal life even with the disease.
Thus it can be safely said that considering the effort currently being put in in research and with an increased focus from regulatory bodies and pharmaceuticals firms, the cure for the MS disease might not be very far away in near future.