MEET KRISTIN

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Kristin has taken KESIMPTA and has been compensated for her time.

MEET KRISTIN

MY EXPERIENCE

quotesHi, my name is Kristin, and I'm a single mom from California. I was diagnosed with RMS back in 2003 when I was just 19 years old, and I've been on KESIMPTA® since September 2020. When I'm not working at my real estate job or following my son's sports events, I love to stay active. I'm training my dog Rocky to be a service dog, and that takes a lot of time and patience.

Life Changes

My RMS diagnosis shifted my perspective. When I was diagnosed, I was only 19 years old and studying to become an ER doctor. In that moment I lost sight of my future and goals. While my friends were out having fun, I just couldn't focus on being a normal teenager in college because I had to be extra mindful of my health. There was a constant thought in the back of my mind that I would be in a wheelchair by the time I was 40. This fear only motivated me to pursue a new dream job in LA. I quit school and never looked back!

Seeing Results

I knew I had to switch treatments when I started having more relapses than before. At first, I was really scared. I was a single mom and didn't know how I could be there for my son while dealing with relapse after relapse. But when my doctor showed me the clinical trial results of KESIMPTA, I felt hopeful for the first time in a long time.

Switching Treatment

Treatment type mattered a lot to me. Taking a daily pill to treat my RMS felt like a reminder every single day that I was dealing with a chronic disease. Now that I take KESIMPTA once a month,* I find that I'm not thinking about my treatment every day.

The Little Things

My goal is to simply be present. My RMS is unpredictable, so I'm never sure how I'll feel from one day to the next. I just want to wake up each day with a happy mindset, and be there for my son and my dog. It's the little things that mean the most sometimes.

Taking Control

My favorite saying is "Where there is a will, there is a way." I'm sharing my story so that other people with RMS will take control of their paths, too. I believe there is so much potential for people with RMS, so I want to encourage them to take action. Positive change can come from just one simple conversation or change.quotes

MS=multiple sclerosis.

*After 3 weekly starter doses.

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IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION

Who should not take KESIMPTA?

Do NOT take KESIMPTA if you have active hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection.

What is the most important information I should know about KESIMPTA?

INDICATION

What is KESIMPTA (ofatumumab) injection?

KESIMPTA is a prescription medicine used to treat adults with relapsing forms of multiple sclerosis (MS) including

KESIMPTA is a prescription medicine used to treat adults with relapsing forms of multiple sclerosis (MS) including clinically isolated syndrome (CIS), relapsing-remitting disease, and active secondary progressive disease.

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INDICATION

What is KESIMPTA (ofatumumab) injection?

KESIMPTA is a prescription medicine used to treat adults with relapsing forms of multiple sclerosis (MS) including clinically isolated syndrome (CIS), relapsing-remitting disease, and active secondary progressive disease.

It is not known if KESIMPTA is safe or effective in children.

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION

Who should not take KESIMPTA?

Do NOT take KESIMPTA if you have active hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection.

What is the most important information I should know about KESIMPTA?

KESIMPTA can cause serious side effects such as:

  • Infections. Serious infections can happen during treatment with KESIMPTA. If you have an active infection, your healthcare provider (HCP) should delay your treatment with KESIMPTA until your infection is gone. KESIMPTA taken before or after other medicines that weaken the immune system may increase your risk of getting infections. Tell your HCP right away if you have any infections or get any symptoms including painful and frequent urination, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat, fever, chills, cough, or body aches.

INDICATION

What is KESIMPTA (ofatumumab) injection?

KESIMPTA is a prescription medicine used to treat adults with relapsing forms of multiple sclerosis (MS) including clinically isolated syndrome (CIS), relapsing-remitting disease, and active secondary progressive disease.

It is not known if KESIMPTA is safe or effective in children.

  • HBV reactivation. If you have ever had HBV infection, it may become active again during or after treatment with KESIMPTA (reactivation). If this happens, it may cause serious liver problems including liver failure or death. Before starting KESIMPTA, your HCP will do a blood test to check for HBV. They will also continue to monitor you during and after treatment with KESIMPTA for HBV. Tell your HCP right away if you get worsening tiredness or yellowing of your skin or the white part of your eyes.

  • Progressive Multifocal Leukoencephalopathy (PML). PML may happen with KESIMPTA. PML is a rare, serious brain infection caused by a virus that may get worse over days or weeks. PML can result in death or severe disability. Tell your HCP right away if you have any new or worsening neurologic signs or symptoms. These may include weakness on one side of your body, loss of coordination in arms and legs, vision problems, changes in thinking and memory, which may lead to confusion and personality changes.

  • Weakened immune system. KESIMPTA taken before or after other medicines that weaken the immune system could increase your risk of getting infections.

Before you take KESIMPTA, tell your HCP about all your medical conditions, including if you:

  • Have or think you have an infection including HBV or PML.

  • Have ever taken, currently take, or plan to take medicines that affect your immune system. These medicines could increase your risk of getting an infection.

  • Have had a recent vaccination or are scheduled to receive any vaccinations.

    • You should receive any required 'live' or 'live-attenuated' vaccines at least 4 weeks before you start treatment with KESIMPTA. You should not receive 'live' or 'live-attenuated' vaccines while you are being treated with KESIMPTA and until your HCP tells you that your immune system is no longer weakened.

    • Whenever possible, you should receive any 'non-live' vaccines at least 2 weeks before you start treatment with KESIMPTA.

    • Talk to your HCP about vaccinations for your baby if you used KESIMPTA during your pregnancy.

  • Are pregnant, think that you might be pregnant, or plan to become pregnant. It is not known if KESIMPTA will harm your unborn baby. Females who can become pregnant should use birth control (contraception) during treatment with KESIMPTA and for 6 months after your last treatment. Talk with your HCP about what birth control method is right for you during this time.

  • Are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed. It is not known if KESIMPTA passes into your breast milk. Talk to your HCP about the best way to feed your baby if you take KESIMPTA.

Tell your HCP about all the medicines you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.

How should I use KESIMPTA?

See the detailed Instructions for Use that comes with KESIMPTA for information about how to prepare and inject a dose of KESIMPTA and how to properly throw away (dispose of) used KESIMPTA Sensoready pens or prefilled syringes.

  • Use KESIMPTA exactly as your HCP tells you to use it.

  • Your HCP will show you how to prepare and inject KESIMPTA the right way before you use it for the first time.

  • Do not inject into areas where the skin is tender, bruised, red, scaly or hard. Avoid areas with moles, scars, or stretch marks.

KESIMPTA may cause serious side effects including:

  • Injection-related reactions. Injection-related reactions are a common side effect of KESIMPTA. Injecting KESIMPTA can cause injection-related reactions that can happen within 24 hours (1 day) following the first injections and with later injections. Talk with your HCP if you have any of these signs and symptoms:

    • at or near the injection site: redness of the skin, swelling, itching, and pain or

    • that may happen when certain substances are released in your body: fever, headache, pain in the muscles, chills, and tiredness.

  • Low immunoglobulins. KESIMPTA may cause a decrease in some types of antibodies. Your HCP will do blood tests to check your blood immunoglobulin levels.

The most common side effects of KESIMPTA include:

  • Upper respiratory tract infection, with symptoms such as sore throat and runny nose, and headache.

  • Headache.

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch, or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

Please see full Prescribing Information, including Medication Guide.

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