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Thursday, September 29, 2016

Biogen is proud to announce the launch of a new phase of Reimagine MySelf™


                                                                  
  

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Biogen is proud to announce the launch of a new phase of Reimagine MySelf™, a program encouraging people living with relapsing multiple sclerosis (MS) to reimagine life with the chronic disease. 

First introduced in 2015, Reimagine MySelf now includes a new online resource that provides visitors with access to personal stories and ideas from people living with relapsing MS that are being treated with Tecfidera® (dimethyl fumarate), those with personal connections to the disease and insights from MS experts.
                          
Reimagine MySelf encourages those living with relapsing MS to make small, impactful changes that could make a difference in life with the disease. This year, visitors can hear from actress Jamie-Lynn Sigler, who announced earlier this year that she is living with relapsing MS. She is sharing more details of her experience with the disease, including how she is navigating parenting, marriage and career, the importance of her support system, her treatment plan and more.
                                    
“One of the biggest lessons I’ve learned–and that I hope to share with others–is that this disease is a part of me, but it doesn’t define who I am,” said Jamie. “I’ve received such overwhelming support and love from everyone–especially the MS community–that my goal is to now help others living with MS reimagine aspects of their own lives, the same way that I have been able to do.”
                                                
In addition to Jamie, Jeannie Mai, style expert and co-host of the daytime talk show “The Real,” and Chef Ben Ford–both of whom have family connections to MS–are also providing accessible ideas on the site, specifically curated for those living with the disease.

These program ambassadors, along with physicians and MS peer speakers, will have the chance to meet with people in the MS community and talk more about both relapsing MS and treatment options like TECFIDERA at local events in Los Angeles and Houston later this year. As part of these events, different program ambassadors will conduct in-person demonstrations showing how to reimagine aspects of life–like personal style and cooking–related to their personal areas of expertise. Those interested in attending can register at ReimagineMySelf.com.

We would really appreciate if you would consider sharing details about the Reimagine MySelf program with your constituents. This resource is now available for the MS community at www.ReimagineMySelf.com, and will be updated regularly with new stories and information about registering for local events.

Please feel free to reach out with any questions or requests for additional information. 

Important Safety Information and Indication

Do not use TECFIDERA if you have had an allergic reaction (such as welts, hives, swelling of the face, lips, mouth or tongue, or difficulty breathing) to TECFIDERA or any of its ingredients.

Before taking and while you take TECFIDERA, tell your doctor about any low white blood cell counts or infections or any other medical conditions.

What are the possible side effects of TECFIDERA?

TECFIDERA may cause serious side effects including allergic reactions, PML, which is a rare brain infection that usually leads to death or severe disability, and decreases in your white blood cell count. Your doctor may check your white blood cell count before you take TECFIDERA and from time to time during treatment.

The most common side effects of TECFIDERA include flushing and stomach problems. These can happen especially at the start of treatment and may decrease over time. Taking TECFIDERA with food may help reduce flushing. Call your doctor if these symptoms bother you or do not go away. Ask your doctor if taking aspirin before taking TECFIDERA may reduce flushing.

These are not all the possible side effects of TECFIDERA. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. For more information go to www.dailymed.nlm.nih.gov.

Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant, or breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed. It is not known if TECFIDERA will harm your unborn baby or if it passes into your breast milk. Also tell your doctor if you are taking prescription or over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, or herbal supplements.

For additional important safety information, please see full Prescribing Information and Patient Information. This is not intended to replace discussions with your doctor.

Indication

Tecfidera® (dimethyl fumarate) is a prescription medicine used to treat people with relapsing forms of multiple sclerosis.






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