Relapse rates were also lower in patients who received the 40 mg dose of COPAXONE , when compared to those who received 20 mg dose (0.34 versus 0.57, respectively). Patients on 40 mg dose of COPAXONE experienced a reduced on-trial mean relapse rate of 77 percent when compared to the annual relapse rate prior to entry, versus patients who received the 20 mg dose (62 percent reduction). The time to the first relapse was significantly delayed from 80 days in the 20 mg group to 213 days in the 40 mg group (p = 0.0367). The overall safety profile was similar to that of the 20 mg dose. Some features of injection site reactions and immediate post-injection reactions were more common.
About Multiple Sclerosis
Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is the leading cause of neurological disability in young adults. It is estimated that 400,000 people in the United States are affected by this disease, and that over two million people are affected worldwide. MS is a progressive, demyelinating disease of the central nervous system affecting the brain, spinal cord and optic nerves.
Patients with MS may experience physical symptoms and/or cognitive impairments, including weakness, fatigue, ataxia, physical dysfunction, bladder and bowel problems, sensory effects, and visual impairment. MS also has a significant impact on the sufferers’ social functioning and overall quality of life.
COPAXONE is indicated for the reduction of the frequency of relapses in RRMS. The most common side effects of COPAXONE are redness, pain, swelling, itching, a lump or an indentation at the site of injection, weakness, infection, pain, nausea, joint pain, anxiety, and muscle stiffness.
COPAXONE is now approved in 47 countries worldwide, including the United States, Canada, Mexico, Australia, Israel