Approved In The U.S. And In Europe,Extended Storage Provides Enhanced Convenience for Relapsing-Remitting Multiple Sclerosis (RRMS) Patients
Paris, France and Jerusalem, Israel, June 6, 2007 - Teva Pharmaceutical Industries, Ltd. and sanofi-aventis announced today that the application for up to one month room temperature storage of COPAXONE® (glatiramer acetate injection) pre-filled syringe has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and in Europe under the Mutual Recognition Procedure (MRP). With this supplemental amendment, COPAXONE® may now be stored by patients at room temperature for up to one month.
Prior to this approval, COPAXONE® was approved for storage at room temperature for up to seven days.
Christina A., Germany, an opera singer who has been using COPAXONE® for the past six years commented: "As a performer, I spend a lot of time on tour. Transporting and
storing my COPAXONE® will now be much easier".
"For the past fifteen years, COPAXONE® has allowed me to control my disease and has granted me the ability to maintain an active lifestyle," said Laura K.,
a participant in the first pivotal trial evaluating the drug. "As a competitive equestrian,I spend a lot of time away from home, and now that COPAXONE® can remain at room temperature for a longer period of time, transporting and storing it will be much easier."
COPAXONE® is indicated for the reduction of the frequency of relapses in ambulatory patients with RRMS characterized by at least two attacks of neurological dysfunction
over the preceding two-year period. Copaxone 20 mg/ml should be administered as a subcutaneous injection once daily. The above mentioned information does not modify
the knowledge in terms of efficacy and tolerability of COPAXONE® as indicated in the European SmPC.
COPAXONE® is approved in 47 countries worldwide, including the United States, Canada, Mexico, Australia, Israel, and all European countries.
In Europe, COPAXONE® is marketed by Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. and sanofi-aventis. In North America, COPAXONE® is marketed by Teva Neuroscience, Inc., which is a subsidiary of Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd (NASDAQ:TEVA). COPAXONE® is a registered trademark of Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd.
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