Importance of relapses must not be underestimated

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.313.7067.1263b (Published 16 November 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:1263
  1. Peter Cardy
  1. Chief executive Multiple Sclerosis Society, London SW6 1EE

    EDITOR,—Peter Harvey asserts that patients with multiple sclerosis are interested in disability and, by implication, are not interested in relapses.1 While many patients with multiple sclerosis cope successfully with relapses, for a considerable proportion of patients relapses are frequent and severe, causing great distress and disruption to normal life. It is strange to condemn the first licensed product to show an effect on relapses because it has not also been shown to affect disability without acknowledging the importance of relapses in …

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