New long-term data on Genentech’s groundbreaking drug for multiple sclerosis, the first approved for the most aggressive form of the condition, shows it has continued to work — and that patients who started the drug earlier got the most benefit.

Genentech will be presenting the data, which covers years’ worth of open-label extension studies of the drug, at the 34th Congress of the European Committee for the Treatment and Research in Multiple Sclerosis in Berlin, which begins Wednesday.

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