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Data Published in Neurology Showed That Higher Dose of Copaxone,Increased Efficacy in Relapsing-Remitting Multiple Sclerosis (RRMS)

JERUSALEM--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Apr 17, 2007 - A 9-month, randomized, double-blind, parallel-group Phase II study of 90 patients comparing a 40 mg dose of COPAXONE(R) given daily to the currently approved COPAXONE(R) 20 mg dose showed a 38 percent greater reduction in inflammatory disease activity as measured by magnetic resonance images (MRI) of the brain. In addition, patients taking COPAXONE(R) 40 mg experienced a reduced mean on-trial relapse rate of 77 percent when compared to annual relapse rate prior to entry, as compared to 62 percent with COPAXONE(R) 20 mg.

The results of this study, entitled "Randomized, double-blind, dose-comparison of glatiramer acetate in relapsing-remitting MS," were published in a recent issue of Neurology. The study can be accessed at: http://www.neurology.org/cgi/content/abstract/68/12/939.

"COPAXONE(R) is an established RRMS therapy with more than 12 years of clinical research and experience supporting its efficacy and safety. The recently published data demonstrated that a 40 mg dose was well tolerated, with a safety profile similar to the currently available 20 mg dose," said Jeffrey A. Cohen, M.D., Director of the Experimental Therapeutics Program at Cleveland Clinic's Mellen Center for MS Treatment and Research and Coordinating Principal Investigator of the study. "In addition, the results suggested that a 40 mg dose of COPAXONE(R) may provide better control of disease activity, and justify additional research on the therapeutic effect of higher dosages of this drug."

Based upon the results of this study, a large-scale Phase III study designed to confirm the higher efficacy of COPAXONE(R) with the increased dose has been initiated. The study, entitled FORTE (FORTy mg Efficacy of glatiramer acetate), was launched July, 2006, in 137 centers across North America, Europe, Argentina and Israel. Recruitment of approximately 1,000 patients is expected to be completed in
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