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

3) Additionally, in a study, significantly more Betaseron than Rebif(R)* patients were pain-free at all time points measured (immediately after injection, and 30 and 60 minutes after injection) over the course of 15 injections.(4) Betaseron also does not require refrigeration(c), making travel and transporting medicine easier. The 24/7 nursing support through the BETAPLUS(TM) program (formerly known as MS Pathways(SM)*) and comprehensive patient assistance for those qualified patients(d) unable to afford treatment are other benefits that can help patients stay committed to Betaseron treatment.

The most commonly reported adverse reactions are lymphopenia, injection- site reaction, asthenia, flu-like symptom complex, headache and pain. Gradual dose titration and use of analgesics during treatment initiation may help reduce flu-like symptoms. Betaseron should be used with caution in patients with depression. Injection-site necrosis has been reported in four percent of patients in controlled trials. Patients should be advised of the importance of rotating injection sites. Female patients should be warned about the potential risk to pregnancy. Cases of anaphylaxis have been reported rarely. See "Warnings," "Precautions," and "Adverse Reactions" sections of full Prescribing Information. More information, including the full Prescribing Information, is available at http://www.betaseron.com.

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Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals Inc. is the U.S.-based pharmaceuticals business of Bayer HealthCare LLC, a subsidiary of Bayer AG. Bayer HealthCare is one of the world's leading, innovative companies in the healthcare and medical products industry, and combines the activities of the Animal Health, Consumer Care, Diabetes Care, and Pharmaceuticals divisions. Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals comprises the following business units: Women's Healthcare, Diagnostic Imaging, Ge
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