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Date:4/15/2008

at this data shows similar efficacy between AVONEX and Rebif, physicians and patients with relapsing-remitting MS may want to consider factors that influence ease of use and adherence to treatment such as convenient administration, injection tolerability and immunogenicity when selecting therapy, said Dr. Murray.

These results are in accordance with a growing body of evidence from other trials that suggest that interferons show similar efficacy regardless of dose or frequency, said Thorsten Eickenhorst, MD, vice president of Medical Affairs at Biogen Idec. AVONEX is the only once-a-week therapy that has proven to slow disability and offers a low incidence of injection site reactions.

AVONEX is the number one prescribed treatment for relapsing forms of multiple sclerosis (MS) worldwide, and is the only once-a-week MS therapy that is effective after the first attack. AVONEX is also proven to slow the progression of physical disability (as shown by 37 percent reduction over two years) and reduce the number of relapses. Nearly nine out of 10 patients remained fully functional after five years. AVONEX has been proven effective in clinical trials for up to three years.


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