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Betaferon approved for early stage MS - in Europe

Given the re-approval of Tysabri, it's not surprising that the CRAB manufacturers are looking for other ways to boost their sales.


Schering says MS drug Betaferon approved in EU for early-stage treatment

Schering AG said its multiple sclerosis drug Betaferon has been approved in Europe as a first-line treatment for the earliest stages of multiple sclerosis.

The approval is valid in all 25 European member states as well as in Iceland and Norway. ...
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Refrigeration-free Betaseron

Not sure if this was a big concern for those of you on Betaseron, but here's some new info

Safety and tolerability of a 'refrigeration-free' formulation of interferon beta-1b--results of a double-blind, multicentre, comparative study in patients with relapsing-remitting or secondary progressive multiple sclerosis.

Baum K; Mannitol Formulation Study Group.

Hennigsdorf Hospital, Free University, Berlin, Germany.

The original glucose-based formulation of Betaferon/Betaseron (interferon beta-1b) requires refrigerated storage. A refrigeration-free ...
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Sixteen-Year Follow-up Study

First Avonex, then Rebif now Betaseron... next we need some "new" info on Copaxone.

Sixteen-Year Follow-up Study Reinforces Betaseron(R) Long-Term Efficacy, Safety and Tolerability in Multiple Sclerosis
Efficacy in relapse rate reduction beyond five years shown for the first time

Berlex announced today that Betaseron® (interferon beta 1b) remained consistently safe, effective and well tolerated over the long term, according to results of the Betaseron 16-Year Long-Term Follow-up (16-Year LTF) Study presented at the 58th ...
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why betaseron?

what made you choose betaseron over the other CRABS? My son will have to start one soon, and Im torn between which one we should go with. His Dr. asked me to research them and decide. They both have good and bad sides. Side effects, times etc.

Maybe you all could give me more ideas on which one?
Thank you.

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Schering trial results

Not much detail at the moment - trial results presented at ACTRIMS / ECTRIMS conference so will be available in due course.

In the face of competition, it's amazing how the companies can keep churning out data which shows how wonderful their products are. 'There are lies damned lies and statistics' always comes to mind when I see MS trial data. In the UK there was a TV ...
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Tips and Tricks please

Well I'm off on the Betaseron (Betaferon in UK and Aus, why the brand change?) trip staring next week - I already got my pack and I've seen the instruments of torture! :( :wink:

So any tips or tricks any old-time Betaseronistas can gave me will be most welcome.

What time of day? What complimentary medications? Stuff to avoid? ...
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Thyroid Issues and interferon

Just followed an interesting line of research about thyroid problems and MS--since thryoid runs in my family. I found a study that says up to 24% of the people on interferon 1-a and 1-b develop hypothyroidism within the first year of treatment. Hypothyroidism can cause hair loss.

This study suggests you get tested if you're using interferon. ... 004-2326v1

Have any of you had your doc test you ...
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MS symptoms or betaferon side effects?

Hello everyone,
My 15-yr old daughter was dx this past Jan and recently started Beta injections (she's only at 1/2 dose). She says that "everything hurts more" like when she gets knocked or pushed or scrapes herself. She also says that her arms and legs feel like they have just had an intense workout and the muscles are tired and sore.
Since we are new to all of this, could you pros tell me whether ...
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Starting Betaseron

OK I am starting Betaseron tommorrow. I am a little nervous the only other thing I have taken was Tysabri...........enough said. I am interested to know how this stuff is going to make me feel. They are stepping up my dose so I am not going full dose to begin with. Will this help me feel better? I know probably not at first but given time will this help my quality of life? I have ...
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