Long-term study shows Copaxone delays disability."The longer a patient takes Copaxone the better it works," said Dr. Kenneth Johnson
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Dr. Johnson's study involves 101 people who were involved in the initial clinical trials of Copaxone for relapsing-remitting MS, and who continue to take this drug every day. In the past 6 years, 75% of them experienced no confirmed progression of their MS, and 10% improved, as measured by a scale called the Expanded Disability Status Scale The Kurtzke Expanded Disability Status Scale (EDSS) is a method of quantifying disability in multiple sclerosis. The EDSS quantifies disability in eight Functional Systems (FS) and allows neurologists to assign a Functional System Score (FSS) in each of these. (or EDSS EDSS Expanded Disability Status Scale
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In addition, 77 of the study participants have had 3 or fewer relapses, and 26 no relapses at all in 6 years. On average, people in the Copaxone study group have had 1 relapse every 4 to 5 years, compared with 2 in the 2 years before they started on the medication. While there are no untreated people in this study for comparison purposes, it provides information about long-term safety and efficacy for Copaxone.
"Over time, people with relapsing-remitting MS who are not on any treatment experience fewer relapses, but they are known to develop increasing fixed disability," Dr. Johnson said. "This study showed that the beneficial effect of Copaxone on neurological neurological, neurologic
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evaluation of the health status of a patient with a nervous system disorder or dysfunction. disability has continued over 6 years."