EISAI TACKLES STIGMA ASSOCIATED WITH EPILEPSY THROUGH SUPPORT OF COMIC BOOK ADDRESSING THE CONDITION
“Medikidz Explain Epilepsy” Aims to Help Children Better Understand the Disease
“Eisai is pleased to have the opportunity to help contribute to the critical mission of spreading awareness and understanding of epilepsy in the U.S. The IOM report underscores stigma as a very real issue affecting the lives of epilepsy patients—especially children,” said Christine Verini, VP of Corporate Communications and Advocacy at Eisai Inc. “As a company, we focus on putting our patients first—we call it human health care (hhc)—so we’re delighted to launch this book at the start of Epilepsy Awareness month to help increase public awareness about this disease.”
Epilepsy is a medical condition that produces seizures affecting a variety of mental and physical functions. According to the Institute of Medicine, epilepsy is one of the most common neurological disorders, affecting 2.2 million people in the United States. About 60 percent of people with epilepsy have partial-onset seizures. In about 30 percent of these patients, the seizures remain uncontrolled with current treatment.
Epilepsy is a therapeutic area of focus for Eisai. The company continues to make further contributions to help address the diversified needs of epilepsy patients and their families as part of its corporate human health care (hhc) mission.
At Eisai Inc., human health care is our goal. We give our first thoughts to patients and their families, and helping to increase the benefits health care provides. As the U.S. pharmaceutical subsidiary of Tokyo-based Eisai Co., Ltd., our passionate commitment to patient care is the driving force behind our efforts to help address unmet medical needs. We are a fully integrated pharmaceutical business with discovery, clinical, manufacturing and marketing capabilities. Our key areas of commercial focus include oncology and specialty care (Alzheimer’s disease, epilepsy and metabolic disorders). To learn more about Eisai Inc., please visit us at www.eisai.com/US.
Eisai Inc. has affiliates that are part of a global product creation organization that includes R&D facilities in Massachusetts, New Jersey, North Carolina and Pennsylvania, as well as a global demand chain organization that includes manufacturing facilities in Maryland and North Carolina. Eisai’s global areas of R&D focus include neuroscience; oncology; metabolic disorders; vascular, inflammatory and immunological reaction; and antibody-based programs.