Basel, September 10, 2010- The Russian health authority, the Federal Service on Surveillance in Healthcare and Social Development, has granted approval for Gilenya (fingolimod) 0.5 mg once-daily oral therapy for the treatment of relapsing remitting multiple sclerosis (MS). Approximately 85% of patients with MS are estimated to have the relapsing remitting form at the onset of disease. Russia is the first country to approve Gilenya, providing a new treatment option offering significant efficacy for patients in the convenience of an oral capsule. Novartis expects to launch Gilenya in
Russia in early 2011.