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Multiple sclerosis (“MS”) is a disease where the body’s immune system damages the protective covering on nerves (myelin sheath).  See diagram.  The disease affects the brain’s ability to communicate with the rest of the body.  Ultimately, the disease can cause nerve deterioration, which is irreversible.  Unfortunately, there is no cure for MS.

Multiple sclerosis in Humira users

Researchers think that genetics and childhood infections may play a role in MS, but the exact cause is unknown.  MS is an autoimmune disease where the body’s immune system actually attacks itself.  With MS, the body is attacking the brain and spinal cord.  The disease usually presents itself in people between ages 20 and 40, with women being twice as likely as men to develop MS.

Abbott Laboratories issued some serious warnings for one of its popular drugs Humira (also known as adalimumab).  Humira acts by blocking TNF (tumor necrosis factor – involved in inflammatory and immune responses) which can cause inflammation and lead to immune-system disease.

Humira is used to treat conditions such as Crohn’s Disease, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Plaque Psoriasis, Psoriatic Arthritis, Ankylosing Spondylitis, and Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis.  Other TNF blockers include Remicade (infliximab), Enbrel (etanercept), Cimzia (certolizumab pegol), and Simponi (golimumab).

Warnings on Humira packaging