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Are you ready for a generic version?
Natco inks agreement with Mylan for Copaxone
10 Jun, 2008, - The Economic Times
NEW DELHI: Home grown major Natco Pharma today said it has signed a licence and supply agreement with US-based Mylan for the global sale of generic version of Teva's patented 'Copaxone', a drug prescribed for multiple sclerosis.
"After an extensive review, we believe that no company is better positioned than Mylan to help us unlock the extraordinary value of this product in the United States and around the world," NATCO Chairman and Managing Director Chowadary V Nannapaneni said in a statement.
Natco has signed the deal for its glatiramer acetate pre- filled syringes, a generic version of Teva's Copaxone, used in the treatment of multiple sclerosis.
The agreement grants Mylan exclusive distribution rights in the United States and all major markets in Europe, New Zealand, Australia, Japan and Canada and includes an option to expand into additional territories, Natco said.
Natco has successfully commercialised its glatiramer acetate product in India and Ukraine, it added.
About the agreement, Mylan said the company plans to work closely with all relevant regulatory agencies in the US and internationally and leverage Mylan's considerable global expertise in regulatory applications - to bring the therapeutic and economic benefits of this product to the widest possible patient-base.
Mylan Inc, having presence in more than 90 countries is one of the leading generic and specialty pharmaceutical companies globally.
Found on the National MS Society's website
Relationship Matters: A Program for Couples Living with MS can help you strengthen your partnership and minimize the impact of MS on your life. By choosing from our in person, teleconference and online options, you can learn techniques and information to keep your most important relationships moving forward.
The next class you complete could have a real and lasting impact on your most valued relationship, so why wait? Your Relationship Matters NOW!
For personalized assistance with registration, class options or questions, contact us:CALL : 1-800-344-4867
Relationship Matters is a free program offered by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
Funding for this project was provided by the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Grant: 90FE0090.
Information found below was obtained from the National MS Society Relationships pages
What does “intimacy” mean? For many people, the term is simply another word for sex—in other words, being intimate with another person means having a sexual relationship. A satisfying, intimate relationship, however, rests on a much broader foundation—of trust, open and honest communication, shared goals and expectations, and mutual respect and concern. So intimacy refers to all of the ways, both verbal and non-verbal, in which partners connect with one another and enjoy their unique closeness.
A chronic, unpredictable disease like MS can challenge a couple’s intimacy in a variety of ways:
MS affects everyone in the family—and both members of a couple are likely to have strong feelings about the unpredictable changes it brings to their lives. Finding comfortable ways to talk about the disease and its impact can be very difficult, at times leading to miscommunication or even silence. Learning how to share feelings and concerns is essential to maintaining intimacy.
When the symptoms of MS temporarily or permanently interfere with a person’s ability to carry out his or her daily activities at home and at work, the roles and responsibilities within the family are likely to shift. If, and when, the relationship begins to feel too unbalanced—or one member of the couple begins to feel more like a caregiver than a partner—closeness and intimacy can be threatened. Identifying ways to maintain balance in the partnership is critical to maintaining an intimate partnership.
MS can add to the normal challenges of everyday life by straining essential family resources, including money, time and emotional energy. When daily activities feel increasingly stressful, time-consuming or overwhelming, people may have little energy left for maintaining their emotional and physical partnership.Learning to manage everyday stresses and strains effectively can allow more time and energy for staying connected emotionally and physically.
Sexuality is an important aspect of intimacy for most couples. And while MS can affect sexual feelings and responses in direct and indirect ways, sexual intimacy does not have to disappear from a couple’s life when one partner has MS.
Fortunately, a disease like MS can also bring people closer together. Many couples report that facing the challenges of MS has allowed them to connect with one another in new and powerful ways—finding an intimacy that was stronger than any they shared before.
Society Announces National Health Care Reform Principles
Discussions about health care reform across the country are in full swing. It seems inevitable that when a new President takes office and a new Congress convenes in January 2009, health care reform will be at the top of the "to do" list. Any reform to the current health care system will only work if it is significant and provides meaningful solutions.
MS Activists are in a unique position to help shape the health care policies of tomorrow. The National MS Society's National Board of Directors recently adopted a set of National Health Care Reform Principles. These principles will be our tool as we move forward to engage and educate legislators about meaningful health care reform.
Click here to view the National MS Society National Health Care Reform Principles document.
A task force of the Federal Activism Council was charged with creating these guiding principles. The task force, comprised of Society staff, people living with MS and MS experts, reviewed all aspects of health care and what reform should look like for people with chronic conditions. The principles, outlined below, represent the areas in most need of reform.
Each of these principles were discussed and fleshed out under the context of the specific needs of people with MS. A chronic disease such as MS means extra reliance on health care services in order to maintain or cope with effects of a deteriorating condition. In addition, people with MS often have needs that require special consideration that might not be considered a priority in the broader health care reform debate. It is important that MS Activists ensure that those special needs are a part of the overall health care reform debate.