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Significant Barriers Prevent People with MS from Fully Committing to Treatment Regimen, New Survey Reveals
Date:5/28/2008

g on treatment had to do with affording her medicine, a barrier also noted by 27 percent of people surveyed.(1) "The day I learned I had MS, I vowed to do everything I could to fight the disease. So when my doctor recommended treatment, I followed his advice," Jillian said. "But my commitment was challenged when I recently lost my insurance. With only three doses of my medication left and no possible way to pay for another prescription, I was going to lose the one thing that was going well for me. My doctor told me that I could continue receiving my medicine through a company-sponsored patient assistance program. It's one of the benefits of the BETAPLUS(TM)(b) program that patients on Betaseron can sign up for. It was a great relief and allowed me to continue my fight against the disease."

Participants in the survey noted that worries about how to store medicine while traveling or away from home (9 percent) also diminish their commitment to treatment. Factors cited by survey participants that make it easier to stay on medication include family support (84 percent), drug company-sponsored support such as materials or Web sites (60 percent) and a nurse provided by a drug company (43 percent).(1)

The survey was conducted by Russell Research and funded by Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals Inc.(1)

About Betaseron

Betaseron (Interferon beta-1b) is indicated for the treatment of relapsing forms of multiple sclerosis to reduce the frequency of clinical exacerbations. Patients with multiple sclerosis in whom efficacy has been demonstrated include patients who have experienced a first clinical episode and have MRI features consistent with multiple sclerosis.

A number of factors have been shown to influence a person's perceived comfort and satisfaction associated with MS medications, including number of injections, product formulation and patient support. Betaseron therapy requires half as many injections as Copaxone(R)* (glatiramir acetate).(
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