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CSL Behring Expands Into Middle East Market with Haemate(R) P
Date:12/19/2007

High levels of Type III von Willebrand Disease, a serious, hereditary

bleeding disorder, found in region

KING OF PRUSSIA, Pa., Dec. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- CSL Behring today announced that Iran's Ministry of Health and Medical Education (MOHME) has granted rights to the company to distribute Haemate(R) P on an exclusive basis throughout Iran, beginning immediately. Haemate P is indicated for the treatment of von Willebrand Disease, a serious, hereditary, and sometimes life-threatening condition caused by a deficiency or abnormality of the von Willebrand factor, a protein in the blood that is necessary for normal blood clotting. Women with some forms of von Willebrand Disease (VWD) are at greater risk for miscarriage, life-threatening bleeding following surgery and childbirth, and for undergoing unnecessary hysterectomies.

CSL Behring will be the first and only company to bring VWD treatment to Iran this year, where the incidence of the condition is reportedly up to 10 times higher than in other areas of the world.

"By introducing Haemate P into Iran, CSL Behring is offering many Type III VWD patients a safe, effective alternative to treating a health condition that can have a significant impact on a patient's quality of life, and that, at times, can even be life-threatening," said Paul Perreault, Executive Vice President of Worldwide Commercial Operations at CSL Behring. "Our company's mission to help those whose lives are affected by serious medical disorders is being fulfilled through the excellent collaboration we have achieved with the MOHME. We look forward to continuing this partnership and to finding new ways to support efforts to bring safe, effective plasma-derived therapies to the region." Perreault added that, while Factor VIII and IX concentrate products are widely used and accessible in Iran, no specific von Willebrand product or VWD treatment guidelines were available there. Instead, cryoprecipitate has been
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