New Subgroup Analysis of the Phase 3 OPTIMUM Study Demonstrates the Benefits of PONVORYTM? Over teriflunomide in Early Disease Multiple Sclerosis
Janssen-Cilag International NV, the marketing authorisation holder for PONVORY™ (ponesimod) in the EU, Janssen Global Services, LLC, and Janssen Cilag GmBH are part of the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson.
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Date prepared: October 2021