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By Ben Ford

What’s the key to a great dinner menu? While most people assume the answer is the food—how it’s prepared, the flavors used, even how it’s served—for me, the food is only part of the equation.

For a dinner party, your goal should be creating a menu that’s universally appealing, but requires minimal prep time and allows you to enjoy your guests. The key to this is not cooking, it’s organizing and planning for the big day.

While most of my experience in this area comes from my career as a chef, I also learned a lot after my mother was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS). As a family, we needed to understand the importance of planning ahead so we could help her however we could.

Shannon G., who is living with relapsing MS, was kind enough to share her own personal insights on this: “For me, proper planning and organization helps me be social and enjoy time with my family and friends. Getting my shopping done the weekend before, cooking slowly throughout the week, and letting my family handle some of the prep ensures I won’t be rushed or tired on the day of the party. It also frees up my time to take a nap before guests arrive, if I need to.”

Similar to Shannon, my mother was a busy working wife and mother trying to adjust to her diagnosis and what it could mean for her life, family, and hobbies. 

The good news is that you can prepare a meal that you enjoy serving as much as your guests enjoy eating using my tips on how to craft the perfect menu. Check them out:

Consider your guests. After you make your guest list, ask if there are any allergies or dietary restrictions. You never want to find out about a peanut allergy or gluten intolerance right before an entree is served. The more you know, the more well-received your menu will be.

Create a balanced menu. Create a menu that is well balanced between hot and cold items. Cold or room temperature dishes are great because they don’t require oven space, and can usually be left unrefrigerated for longer periods of time. They can also be staged someplace clearly visible so they’re not forgotten about in the fridge (the phrase “out of sight and out of mind” can be unfortunately true). Sometimes a visual inventory of what’s been completed brings peace of mind when there is a lot going on.

“Food is such a central part of my life,” shared Shannon. “Not only because it allows me to spend quality time with my family and friends, but it’s also become a part of my relapsing MS routine. I take TECFIDERA, a pill that helps effectively treat my RMS. Because I take it twice daily, aligning my doses with meals is another way I stay organized and on track.” Dr. Ann Cabot, a board-certified neurologist from Concord, NH, weighed in, advising that “while you can take oral medications with or without meals, patients should always swallow TECFIDERA whole. It should not be crushed, chewed, or sprinkled on food.”

Create a timetable working backwards. Start from the time you want to serve, and work backwards to create a timetable that will help you stay on task, and even more importantly feel in control. I have included some guidance on this below.

Use the entire kitchen. While I’m sure you’ll want to warm up your side dishes before serving, remember that not everything has to go in the oven, especially when the entree is in the middle of cooking. Utilize your stove, your microwave, even a slow cooker, to warm side dishes, and don’t forget about cold side dishes—like salads—that won’t require any prep before serving.

Less is more. Don’t overdo it, and have fun. A few things done well always trumps many things done mediocre. Enjoy the process and still have energy for your guests. If you give yourself time to enjoy the process, the love will come out in your cooking.

Like Shannon, get your grocery shopping done the weekend before, and start preparing your side dishes a day or even two days in advance. I promise no one will know! Starting early and breaking up your tasks into more manageable chunks is a recipe for success.

There are lots of dishes that benefit from a little time in the refrigerator. Condiments, sauces, and braised or stewed items all fall under that category. Here is a holiday meal broken down in a timeline that is easy to follow. By following small steps you can achieve your goal.

On the Menu

  • Roast Turkey with Gravy
  • Split Pea Soup with Smoked Ham Hock
  • Persimmon Salad with Goat Cheese and Candied Pecans
  • Pan Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon
  • Cornbread Sausage Stuffing
  • Grilled Peaches with Crème Anglaise and Almond Brittle Crumble (check out my recipe below)

Timeline

A Week (or more) Before Dinner

  • Order turkey
  • Buy peaches

3 Days Before Dinner

  • Make Crème Anglaise
  • Make almond brittle crumble

2 Days Before Dinner

  • Make split pea soup
  • Make pecans for salad
  • Make garlic butter
  • Make bread pudding
  • Do big grocery shop
  • Pick up turkey and thaw if necessary

1 Day Before Dinner

  • Make cornbread for stuffing
  • Make popover batter
  • Make vinaigrette for salad

Night Before Dinner

  • Make brine and put turkey in brine

8 Hours Before Dinner

  • Put turkey in oven

4 Hours Before Dinner

  • Blanch Brussels sprouts

3 Hours Before Dinner

  • Make stuffing

An Hour-and-a-Half Before Dinner

  • Make Brussels sprouts

Half-Hour Before Dinner

  • Make salad
  • Put stuffing in oven
  • Heat soup

When You Sit Down to Eat

  • Turn on the grill

After Dinner

  • Grill peaches

Keep in mind that whatever is on your menu, this timeline is something you can adapt and make work for you and your needs.

Grilled Peaches with Crème Anglaise and Almond Brittle Crumble

Ingredients

4 peaches, halved and pitted

1 tablespoon canola oil

2 tablespoons sugar

Directions

For a charcoal grill, arrange medium-high coals on one side of a grill. Test for medium heat above the empty side of the grill. Brush peach halves with canola oil and sprinkle with sugar. Place halves, cut side down, on a grill rack directly over coals for 3 minutes until lightly browned. Turn over and grill until juices start to fill the cavity from where the pit used to be. Remove from heat and serve with crème anglaise and crumbled almond brittle.

For Crème Anglaise

Ingredients

2 large egg yolks

1 tablespoon sugar

A pinch of kosher salt

½ cup whole milk

1 vanilla bean pod

¼ teaspoon honey

Method

  1. To make the vanilla sauce, whisk the egg yolks, sugar, and salt together in a medium bowl.
  2. Put the milk in a heavy-bottomed medium saucepan. Split the bean pod lengthwise, scrape out the seeds, and add the seeds and the pod to the saucepan. Bring the milk to a simmer over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat to very low.
  3. Ladle out a scant ¼ cup of the hot milk mixture and gradually add it to the bowl with the egg yolks; this prevents the yolks from scrambling from the heat of the liquid.
  4. Add another ¼ cup in this way. Then gradually add the egg yolk mixture into the pan with the hot milk, whisking constantly, until the sauce is thick enough to leave a thick layer on the back of a spoon, about 2 minutes. Strain the sauce through a fine mesh.

For Almond Brittle

Ingredients

¼ cup water

1 cup sugar

teaspoon cream of tartar

½ cup light corn syrup

1 tablespoon unsalted butter

1 cup roasted almonds, unsalted

½ teaspoon baking soda

Method

  1. Combine the water, sugar, cream of tartar and corn syrup in a medium-sized heavy saucepan fitted with a candy thermometer. Bring to a boil over medium heat. After it boils, stir the mixture occasionally. Boil the mixture until it reaches 340 degrees F. The color should be deep golden brown. Remove from the heat. Stir in the butter until melted, then the toasted almonds and baking soda.
  2. Pour the mixture onto a sheet pan lined with oiled parchment paper and spread it out to about ¼” thickness (it may not fill the whole pan). Let harden, uncovered, in a cool place, 30 to 45 minutes. (To wash the saucepan, soak it overnight.)
  3. Once the brittle has set, finely chop well to make the crumble.

Save, pin, or print these tips so you have them handy when you begin preparing for your next dinner party. I hope they help your family as much as they’ve helped mine. If you have your own tips on creating the perfect menu, don’t forget to share photos using the hashtag #ReimagineMySelf!

Ben Ford, Dr. Cabot and Shannon G. are paid spokespeople for Biogen.

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Important Safety Information and Indication

Do not use TECFIDERA if you have had an allergic reaction (such as welts, hives, swelling of the face, lips, mouth or tongue, or difficulty breathing) to TECFIDERA or any of its ingredients.

Before taking and while you take TECFIDERA, tell your doctor about any low white blood cell counts or infections or any other medical conditions.

What are the possible side effects of TECFIDERA?

TECFIDERA may cause serious side effects including:

  • Allergic reactions
  • PML, which is a rare brain infection that usually leads to death or severe disability.
  • Decreases in your white blood cell count. Your doctor should check your white blood cell count before you take TECFIDERA and from time to time during treatment
  • Liver problems. Your doctor should do blood tests to check your liver function before you start taking TECFIDERA and during treatment if needed. Tell your doctor right away if you get any symptoms of a liver problem during treatment, including:
    • severe tiredness
    • loss of appetite
    • pain on the right side of your stomach
    • dark or brown (tea color) urine
    • yellowing of your skin or the white part of your eyes

The most common side effects of TECFIDERA include flushing and stomach problems. These can happen especially at the start of treatment and may decrease over time. Taking TECFIDERA with food may help reduce flushing. Call your doctor if these symptoms bother you or do not go away. Ask your doctor if taking aspirin before taking TECFIDERA may reduce flushing.

These are not all the possible side effects of TECFIDERA. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. For more information go to dailymed.nlm.nih.gov.

Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant, or breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed. It is not known if TECFIDERA will harm your unborn baby or if it passes into your breast milk. Also tell your doctor if you are taking prescription or over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, or herbal supplements. If you take too much TECFIDERA, call your doctor or go to the nearest hospital emergency room right away.

For additional Important Safety Information, please see full Prescribing Information and Patient Information. This is not intended to replace discussions with your doctor.

Indication

Tecfidera® (dimethyl fumarate) is a prescription medicine used to treat people with relapsing forms of multiple sclerosis.

TECFIDERA Important Safety Information and Indication

Do not use TECFIDERA if you have had an allergic reaction (such as welts, hives, swelling of the face, lips, mouth or tongue, or difficulty breathing) to TECFIDERA or any of its ingredients.

Before taking and while you take TECFIDERA, tell your doctor about any low white blood cell counts or infections or any other medical conditions.

What are the possible side effects of TECFIDERA?

  • Allergic reactions
  • PML, which is a rare brain infection that usually leads to death or severe disability.
  • Decreases in your white blood cell count. Your doctor should check your white blood cell count before you take TECFIDERA and from time to time during treatment
  • Liver problems. Your doctor should do blood tests to check your liver function before you start taking TECFIDERA and during treatment if needed. Tell your doctor right away if you get any symptoms of a liver problem during treatment, including:
    • severe tiredness
    • loss of appetite
    • pain on the right side of your stomach
    • dark or brown (tea color) urine
    • yellowing of your skin or the white part of your eyes

The most common side effects of TECFIDERA include flushing and stomach problems. These can happen especially at the start of treatment and may decrease over time. Taking TECFIDERA with food may help reduce flushing. Call your doctor if these symptoms bother you or do not go away. Ask your doctor if taking aspirin before taking TECFIDERA may reduce flushing.

These are not all the possible side effects of TECFIDERA. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. For more information go to dailymed.nlm.nih.gov.

Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant, or breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed. It is not known if TECFIDERA will harm your unborn baby or if it passes into your breast milk. Also tell your doctor if you are taking prescription or over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, or herbal supplements. If you take too much TECFIDERA, call your doctor or go to the nearest hospital emergency room right away.

For additional Important Safety Information, please see full Prescribing Information and Patient Information. This is not intended to replace discussions with your doctor.

Indication

Tecfidera® (dimethyl fumarate) is a prescription medicine used to treat people with relapsing forms of multiple sclerosis.

TYSABRI® (natalizumab) Important Safety Information and Indication

TYSABRI increases your risk of getting a rare brain infection—called progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML)—that usually leads to death or severe disability.

  • There is no known treatment, prevention, or cure for PML.
  • You should not take certain medicines that weaken your immune system at the same time you are taking TYSABRI. Even if you use TYSABRI alone to treat your MS, you can still get PML.
  • Your risk of getting PML is higher if you:
    • have received TYSABRI for a long time, especially for longer than 2 years
    • have received certain medicines that can weaken your immune system before you start receiving TYSABRI
    • have been infected by the John Cunningham Virus (JCV). Before or while you receive TYSABRI, your doctor may do a blood test to check if you have been infected by JCV. JCV is a common virus that can cause PML in people who have weakened immune systems, such as people taking TYSABRI.
  • Your risk of getting PML is greatest if you have all 3 risk factors listed above. There may be other risk factors that have not yet been identified.
  • Patients who are anti-JCV antibody negative are still at the risk for the development of PML due to the potential for a new JCV infection or a false negative test result. Therefore, patients with a negative test result should be retested periodically.
  • While you receive TYSABRI, and for 6 months after you stop receiving TYSABRI, it is important that you call your doctor right away if you have any new or worsening medical problems (such as problems with your thinking, eyesight, balance, or strength; weakness on 1 side of your body; and using your arms and legs) that have lasted several days. Tell all of your doctors that you are getting treatment with TYSABRI.
  • Because of your risk of getting PML while you receive TYSABRI, TYSABRI is available only through a restricted distribution program called the TOUCH® Prescribing Program.
  • If you have PML or are allergic to TYSABRI or any of its ingredients, you should not receive TYSABRI.

Before receiving TYSABRI, it is important to tell your doctor:

  • If you have a medical condition that can weaken your immune system, such as HIV infection or AIDS, leukemia or lymphoma, organ transplant, or others, or if you have any new or worsening medical problems that have lasted several days.
  • If you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant or if you are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed. It is not known if TYSABRI can harm your unborn baby or if the TYSABRI that passes into your breast milk can harm your baby.
  • About all of the medicines and supplements you take, especially medicines that can weaken your immune system. If you are not sure, ask your doctor.

TYSABRI can cause serious side effects. If you have any of the symptoms listed below, call your doctor right away:

  • Infection of the brain or the covering of your brain and spinal cord (encephalitis or meningitis) caused by herpes viruses that may lead to death. Symptoms include sudden fever, severe headache, or confusion.
  • Liver damage. Symptoms of liver damage include yellowing of the skin and eyes (jaundice), unusual darkening of the urine, nausea, feeling tired or weak, or vomiting.
  • Allergic reactions (eg., hives, itching, trouble breathing, chest pain, dizziness, wheezing, chills, rash, nausea, flushing of skin, low blood pressure), including serious allergic reactions (eg, anaphylaxis). Serious allergic reactions usually happen within 2 hours of the start of the infusion, but they can happen any time after receiving TYSABRI.
  • Weakened immune system. TYSABRI may increase your risk of getting an unusual or serious infection.

The most common side effects of TYSABRI are:

  • Headache, urinary tract infection, lung infection, pain in your arms and legs, vaginitis, stomach-area pain, feeling tired, joint pain, depression, diarrhea, rash, and nausea. If you experience any side effect that bothers you or does not go away, tell your doctor.

These are not all of the possible side effects of TYSABRI. For more information, ask your doctor. To report side effects to FDA, please call 1-800-FDA-1088.

Please see full Prescribing Information including Boxed Warning and Patient Medication Guide.

This information is not intended to replace discussions with your healthcare provider.

Indication

TYSABRI® (natalizumab) is a prescription medicine used to treat adults with relapsing forms of multiple sclerosis (MS) to slow the worsening of symptoms common in people with MS and to decrease the number of flare-ups (relapses). TYSABRI increases the risk of progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML). When starting and continuing treatment with TYSABRI, it is important to discuss with your doctor whether the expected benefit of TYSABRI is enough to outweigh this risk

AVONEX® (interferon beta-1a) Important Safety Information and Indication

Before beginning treatment, you should discuss with your healthcare provider the potential benefits and risks associated with AVONEX.

AVONEX can cause serious side effects. Tell your healthcare provider right away if you have any of the symptoms listed below while taking AVONEX.

  • Behavioral health problems including depression, suicidal thoughts or hallucinations. Some people taking AVONEX may develop mood or behavior problems including irritability (getting upset easily), depression (feeling hopeless or feeling bad about yourself), nervousness, anxiety, aggressive behavior, thoughts of hurting yourself or suicide, and hearing or seeing things that others do not hear or see (hallucinations).
  • Liver problems, or worsening of liver problems including liver failure and death. Symptoms may include nausea, loss of appetite, tiredness, dark colored urine and pale stools, yellowing of your skin or the white part of your eye, bleeding more easily than normal, confusion, and sleepiness. During your treatment with AVONEX you will need to see your healthcare provider regularly and have regular blood tests to check for side effects.
  • Serious allergic reactions and skin reactions. Symptoms may include itching, swelling of the face, eyes, lips, tongue or throat, trouble breathing, anxiousness, feeling faint, and skin rash, hives, sores in your mouth, or your skin blisters and peels.

AVONEX will not cure your MS but may decrease the number of flare-ups of the disease and slow the occurrence of some of the physical disability that is common in people with MS. MS is a life-long disease that affects your nervous system by destroying the protective covering (myelin) that surrounds your nerve fibers.

The way AVONEX works in MS is not known. It is not known if AVONEX is safe and effective in children.

Do not take AVONEX if you are allergic to interferon beta, albumin (human), or any of the ingredients in AVONEX.

Before taking AVONEX, tell your healthcare provider if you:

  • are being treated for a mental illness, or had treatment in the past for any mental illness, including depression and suicidal behavior.
  • have or had bleeding problems or blood clots, have or had low blood cell counts, have or had liver problems, have or had seizures (epilepsy), have or had heart problems, have or had thyroid problems, have or had any kind of autoimmune disease (where the body’s immune system attacks the body’s own cells), such as psoriasis, systemic lupus erythematosus, or rheumatoid arthritis.
  • drink alcohol.
  • are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. It is not known if AVONEX will harm your unborn baby. Tell your healthcare provider if you become pregnant during your treatment with AVONEX.
  • are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed. It is not known if AVONEX passes into your breast milk. You and your healthcare provider should decide if you will use AVONEX or breastfeed. You should not do both.

Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.

AVONEX can cause serious side effects including:

  • Heart problems, including heart failure. While AVONEX is not known to have any direct effects on the heart, a few patients who did not have a history of heart problems developed heart muscle problems or congestive heart failure after taking AVONEX. If you already have heart failure, AVONEX may cause your heart failure to get worse. Call your healthcare provider right away if you have worsening symptoms of heart failure such as shortness of breath or swelling of your lower legs or feet while using AVONEX.
    • Some people using AVONEX may have other heart problems including low blood pressure, fast or abnormal heart beat, chest pain, and heart attack or heart muscle problem (cardiomyopathy).
  • Blood problems. AVONEX can affect your bone marrow and cause low red and white blood cell, and platelet counts. In some people, these blood cell counts may fall to dangerously low levels. If your blood cell counts become very low, you can get infections and problems with bleeding and bruising.
  • Seizures. Some patients have had seizures while taking AVONEX, including patients who have never had seizures before.
  • Infections. Some people who take AVONEX may get an infection. Symptoms of an infection may include fever, chills, pain or burning with urination, urinating often, bloody diarrhea, and coughing up mucus.
  • Thyroid problems. Some people taking AVONEX develop changes in their thyroid function. Symptoms of thyroid changes include problems concentrating, feeling cold or hot all the time, weight changes, and skin changes.

Tell your healthcare provider right away if you have any of the symptoms listed above.

The most common side effects of AVONEX include:

  • Flu-like symptoms. Most people who take AVONEX have flu-like symptoms early during the course of therapy. Usually, these symptoms last for a day after the injection. You may be able to manage these flu-like symptoms by taking over-the-counter pain and fever reducers. For many people, these symptoms lessen or go away over time. Symptoms may include muscle aches, fever, tiredness, and chills.

Call your healthcare provider for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Please see the full Prescribing Information and Medication Guide for additional important safety information. This information is not intended to replace discussions with your healthcare provider.

Indication

AVONEX (interferon beta-1a) is approved by FDA to treat relapsing forms of multiple sclerosis (MS) to decrease the number of flare-ups and slow the occurrence of some of the physical disability that is common in people with MS. AVONEX is approved for use in people who have experienced a first attack and have lesions consistent with MS on their MRI.

PLEGRIDY® (peginterferon beta-1a) Important Safety Information and Indication

Before beginning treatment, you should discuss with your healthcare provider the potential benefits and risks associated with PLEGRIDY.

PLEGRIDY can cause serious side effects. Call your healthcare provider right away if you have any of the symptoms listed below.

  • Liver problems, or worsening of liver problems including liver failure and death. Symptoms may include yellowing of your skin or the white part of your eye, nausea, loss of appetite, tiredness, bleeding more easily than normal, confusion, sleepiness, dark colored urine, and pale stools. During your treatment with PLEGRIDY you will need to see your healthcare provider regularly. You will have regular blood tests to check for these possible side effects
  • Depression or suicidal thoughts. Symptoms may include new or worsening depression (feeling hopeless or bad about yourself), thoughts of hurting yourself or suicide, irritability (getting upset easily), nervousness, or new or worsening anxiety

Do not take PLEGRIDY if you are allergic to interferon beta or peginterferon beta-1a, or any of the other ingredients in PLEGRIDY.

Before taking PLEGRIDY, tell your healthcare provider if you:

  • Are being treated for a mental illness or had treatment in the past for any mental illness, including depression and suicidal behavior
  • Have or had liver problems, low blood cell counts, bleeding problems, heart problems, seizures (epilepsy), thyroid problems, or any kind of autoimmune disease
  • Take prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements
  • Are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. It is not known if PLEGRIDY will harm your unborn baby. Tell your healthcare provider if you become pregnant during your treatment with PLEGRIDY
  • Are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed. It is not known if PLEGRIDY passes into your breast milk. Talk to your healthcare provider about the best way to feed your baby if you use PLEGRIDY

PLEGRIDY can cause additional serious side effects including:

  • Serious allergic reactions. Serious allergic reactions can happen quickly. Symptoms may include itching, swelling of the face, eyes, lips, tongue, or throat, trouble breathing, feeling faint, anxiousness, skin rash, hives, or skin bumps
  • Injection site reactions. PLEGRIDY may commonly cause redness, pain or swelling at the place where the injection was given. Call your healthcare provider right away if an injection site becomes swollen and painful or the area looks infected and it does not heal within a few days. You may have a skin infection or an area of severe skin damage (necrosis) requiring treatment by a healthcare provider
  • Heart problems, including congestive heart failure. While PLEGRIDY is not known to have any direct effects on the heart, some people who did not have a history of heart problems developed heart muscle problems or congestive heart failure after taking interferon beta. If you already have heart failure, PLEGRIDY may cause your heart failure to get worse. Call your healthcare provider right away if you have worsening symptoms of heart failure such as shortness of breath or swelling of your lower legs or feet while using PLEGRIDY
    • Some people using PLEGRIDY may have other heart problems, including low blood pressure, fast or abnormal heart beat, chest pain, heart attack, or a heart muscle problem (cardiomyopathy)
  • Autoimmune diseases. Problems with easy bleeding or bruising (idiopathic thrombocytopenia), thyroid gland problems (hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism), and autoimmune hepatitis have happened in some people who use interferon beta
  • Blood problems and changes in your blood tests. PLEGRIDY can decrease your white blood cells or platelets, which can cause an increased risk of infection, bleeding or anemia, and can cause changes in your liver function tests. Your healthcare provider should do blood tests while you use PLEGRIDY to check for side effects
  • Seizures. Some people have had seizures while taking PLEGRIDY, including people who have never had seizures before

The most common side effects of PLEGRIDY include:

  • Flu-like symptoms. Many people who take PLEGRIDY have flu-like symptoms early in the course of therapy. These symptoms are not really the flu. You cannot pass it on to anyone else. Symptoms may include headache, muscle and joint aches, fever, chills or tiredness
    • You may be able to manage these flu-like symptoms by taking over-the-counter pain and fever reducers and drinking plenty of water. For many people, these symptoms lessen or go away over time

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Please see full Prescribing Information and Medication Guide for additional important safety information. This information is not intended to replace discussions with your healthcare provider.

Indication

PLEGRIDY® (peginterferon beta-1a) is a prescription medicine used to treat people with relapsing forms of multiple sclerosis (MS).