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Lancet study supports new, highly effective treatment for blood disorder
Date:3/20/2009

ase Center, Karachi, Pakistan; Gregory Cheng, from Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatin, N.T., Hong Kong; Bethan Psaila, from the department of haematology, Hammersmith Hospital, Imperial College School of Medicine, London, U.K.; Lidia Kovaleva, from the Hematology Research Center, Moscow, Russia; Abdulgabar Salama, from Charit-Universittsmedizin, Berlin, Germany; Julian M. Jenkins, Debasish Roychowdhury, Bhabita Mayer, Nicole Stone and Michael Arning from GlaxoSmithKline.

The study was financially supported by GlaxoSmithKline. Dr. Bussel is a paid advisory board member for GlaxoSmithKline and has received research grant support, lecture fees, and consulting fees from GlaxoSmithKline and reports equity ownership in GlaxoSmithKline.

Immune thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP) is an autoimmune disease in which anti-platelet antibodies accelerate destruction of platelets. ITP patients commonly have platelet counts of less than 30,000 per cubic millimeter, compared to normal platelet counts of between 150,000 and 440,000. ITP affects women of childbearing age at two to three times the rate of men and has an increased incidence in the elderly.


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