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Tecfidera gets European approval


Thursday February 06 2014 04:46 PM

BG-12 will be available in Ireland in 2014

The European Commission has approved the use of Tecfidera (dimethyl fumarate/BG-12) as a first-line oral treatment for people with relapsing remitting Multiple Sclerosis (RRMS).

The new treatment will be available in Ireland later in 2014 and we will provide a detailed update of its availability as soon as we know more.

In key stages of the studies leading to its approval Tecfidera was shown to reduce the number of relapses by half when compared to the placebo.

Ava Battes, Multiple Sclerosis Ireland Chief Executive, said,
"MS Ireland welcomes any new treatments for MS and with the European Commission approval of TECFIDERA in Ireland, we are delighted that it offers another treatment option to the thousands of Irish people living with the condition. It’s wonderful to see that treatment options in MS are improving all the time and this is having a real impact on improving the quality of life of people with MS.

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Author: MS Ireland

Tags: tecfidera, bg12, msireland, biogenidec, relapsingremittingms


Helen Farrell

Monday February 10 2014 21:51

When you say 'later in the year' do you have a vague idea of the months?
I am approved for BG12 due to lipotrophy and relapses from Copaxone; I'm really dying for it to be licensed asap!
Can we, as MS'ers, help speed up the process in any way?


Thursday February 20 2014 10:32

I'm living in London (of Cork origin) and sadly the NHS are doubting that they'll prescribe it :o ( If it's definitely going to be at home, I'll happily board a plan abhaile. Is there any indication of confirmation or likely dates?

MS Ireland

Monday February 24 2014 11:24

Thank you for your enquiry.

We will provide a detailed update of its availability as soon as we know more.


Monday February 24 2014 12:38

Hi, has a date been set for the release of bg 12, would it be late in the year do you think? Thanks Aaron.

MS Ireland

Wednesday February 26 2014 09:41

Hi Aaron,

To date we don't have any further information. We will announce more details as soon as we know.


MS Ireland


Tuesday May 26 2015 11:38

Is BG 12 now in use in Ireland?

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