Subcutaneous recombinant interferon-beta-1a (Rebif): a review of its use in relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis

Drugs. 2005;65(9):1295-312. doi: 10.2165/00003495-200565090-00010.


Subcutaneous recombinant interferon-beta-1a (Rebif) 22 or 44 microg three times weekly is a valuable option in the first-line treatment in patients with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (RRMS). It has shown benefits on outcome measures related to relapses, progression of disability and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in clinical trials. A significant efficacy advantage for subcutaneous interferon-beta-1a three times weekly over intramuscular interferon-beta-1a 30 microg once weekly was shown at 24 and 48 weeks. The most common adverse events are generally mild and clinically manageable. Considering both direct and indirect comparative clinical trial data, an assessment suggests that subcutaneous interferon-beta-1a 44 microg three times weekly has the best benefit-to-risk values of the available disease-modifying drugs used to treat RRMS.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adjuvants, Immunologic / adverse effects
  • Adjuvants, Immunologic / economics
  • Adjuvants, Immunologic / therapeutic use*
  • Clinical Trials as Topic
  • Cost-Benefit Analysis
  • Humans
  • Interferon beta-1a
  • Interferon-beta / adverse effects
  • Interferon-beta / economics
  • Interferon-beta / therapeutic use*
  • Multiple Sclerosis, Relapsing-Remitting / drug therapy*


  • Adjuvants, Immunologic
  • Interferon-beta
  • Interferon beta-1a