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What is Magnolia Paws for Compassion?

Magnolia Paws for Compassion is a special program, created by Eisai Inc., which seeks to increase access to animal assistance and raise awareness of the many benefits that interaction with animals can provide to those coping with illness.

As one part of this effort, Eisai is partnering with the Epilepsy Foundation and 4 Paws for Ability, a non-profit organization focused on the training and placement of service dogs, to highlight the support that animal assistance can provide to families affected by epilepsy or seizure disorders. Service and therapy dogs play a key role in the lives of those coping with illness, and it is important to properly understand the roles and rights of these dogs. Service dogs, which are trained to provide assistance to someone with a disability, have special rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and can accompany their owners in all areas where the public is normally allowed to go. Therapy dogs, which are trained to provide psychological or physiological therapy, have no special rights under the ADA.

Why Eisai Created Magnolia Paws for Compassion

At Eisai Inc., human health care (hhc) is our goal. We give our first thoughts to patients and their families, helping to increase the benefits health care provides. Magnolia Paws for Compassion embodies Eisai's hhc mission by integrally involving our employees in helping to bring animal support to patients. In addition to our partnerships with key community and advocacy organizations to raise awareness of the benefits of animal assistance, Eisai employees are fundraising to support animal assistance and are encouraged to have their own pets trained as therapy dogs. Once trained, employees and their dogs visit and spend time with patients, helping to alleviate some of the emotional and physical stresses associated with illness. These interactions also allow our employees to gain a personal understanding of the patient’s journey, providing insights that can help inform and motivate their work.

Eisai’s Commitment to Advancing Epilepsy Care

aec logo One of Eisai’s key therapeutic areas of focus is epilepsy. We are dedicated to keeping people with epilepsy and their families at the forefront of all that we do. We are driven not only to advancing epilepsy treatment but to Advancing Epilepsy Care by offering treatments and meaningful resources to patients and their families. We strive to help them cope with the difficulties associated with such conditions as partial onset seizures, which account for 60% of all seizures, and seizures associated with Lennox-Gaustaut Syndrome (LGS), a severe form of early childhood-onset epilepsy.

As a company dedicated to advancing epilepsy care for patients and caregivers, Eisai is committed to helping provide educational and practical resources in an effort to help meet the needs of the epilepsy community.

About Eisai Inc.

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., we have a passionate commitment to patient care that 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 and Pennsylvania, as well as a global demand chain organization that includes 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.

About 4 Paws for Ability

4 Paws for Ability is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to place quality service dogs with children with disabilities and veterans who have lost use of limbs or hearing; help with animal rescue, and educate the public regarding use of service dogs in public places. 4 Paws for Ability relies on the generosity of individuals, as well as corporations, and accepts donations for operating expenses, training, food, toys, training supplies, medication, and our building fund.

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About the Epilepsy Foundation

The Epilepsy Foundation, a national non-profit with 48 affiliated organizations throughout the United States, has led the fight against seizures since 1968. The Foundation is an unwavering ally for individuals and families impacted by epilepsy and seizures. The mission of the Epilepsy Foundation is to stop seizures and sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP), find a cure and overcome the challenges created by epilepsy through efforts including education, advocacy and research to accelerate ideas into therapies. The Foundation works to ensure that people with seizures have the opportunity to live their lives to their fullest potential. To learn more about epilepsy, please visit the Epilepsy Foundation.

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