Bayer Offers New Betaferon® Titration Pack

The Bayer GroupBayer will launch a titration pack for patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) that is specially designed to make it easier for them to start Betaferon® (interferon beta-1b) therapy. From now on, the titration pack will be available in Germany. More European countries will follow in 2009. The four-week pack facilitates a gradual increase in dose as recommended for patients new on Betaferon®.

Betaferon® is a well-established therapy for people starting their MS treatment as early as after the first signs of the condition. Findings from the recent landmark BENEFIT (BEtaferon in Newly Emerging multiple sclerosis For Initial Treatment) trial have shown that gradual dose titration of the medication contributes to a high acceptance of Betaferon® treatment from the start. Delivering Betaferon® in an easy-to-use titration pack for the first four weeks of therapy will simplify the titration process for physicians, MS-nurses and patients.

"The new pack will make it easier for people with MS to start therapy. The titration process helps the body to better adjust to the medication, resulting regularly in fewer side effects. This is important because greater patient comfort, especially during the start of the therapy, can improve patient compliance to therapy and, consequently, its effectiveness," said Habib Dable, Vice President and Global Head, Neurology/Ophthalmology of Bayer Schering Pharma`s Global Business Unit Specialty Medicine.

The launch of the new titration pack for Betaferon® underscores the ongoing commitment of Bayer to bridge the gap between treatment and care by addressing the day-to-day needs of people living with MS.

About Betaferon® / Betaseron®
Betaferon®, which is marketed in the U.S. and Canada under the trademark Betaseron®, was the first disease-modifying drug introduced for MS and is a well-established treatment around the world. In the U.S., Europe and Japan, Betaferon® has been approved for all relapsing forms of MS. Betaferon® (interferon beta-1b) has achieved one million patient years of experience in the treatment of multiple sclerosis (MS). The accomplishment, coupled with 16 years of follow-up clinical data, makes Betaferon® the MS therapy with the longest experience.

About Multiple Sclerosis
MS is a chronic, progressive disease of the central nervous system and the likelihood of disability increases the longer someone has MS. Symptoms of MS vary from person to person and can be unpredictable. They may include: Fatigue or tiredness, dimness of vision in one or both eyes, weakness in one or more extremities, numbness and tingling in the face, arms, legs and trunk of the body, spasticity (muscle stiffness), dizziness, double vision, slurred speech and loss of bladder control.

About Bayer HealthCare
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