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Ferring Pharmaceuticals Announces EUFLEXXA(TM) as Title Sponsor of the National Senior Games Hockey Championships and the GeezerJock of the Year Award
Date:1/28/2008

PARSIPPANY, N.J., Jan. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Ferring Pharmaceuticals Inc. has announced that its hyaluronic acid therapy, EUFLEXXA(TM) (1% sodium hyaluronate) will serve as the title sponsor of the EUFLEXXA National Senior Games Hockey Championships and the EUFLEXXA GeezerJock of the Year Award.

"This is such a tremendous opportunity for both our brand and for senior athletes," said Alex Drigan, Product Manager, EUFLEXXA(TM). "We support all that the National Senior Games Association (NSGA) and Masters Athlete magazine do to promote healthy, active aging and hope that these sponsorships will help more seniors realize their athletic dreams."

"We are thrilled that EUFLEXXA(TM) is helping us ensure that more senior athletes will be able to compete in the sports that they love on the national level," said Phil Godfrey, President and Chief Executive Officer of NSGA. "Ferring is a loyal supporter of the NSGA's efforts and we truly appreciate how much this sponsorship does for advancing these efforts."

The EUFLEXXA(TM) GeezerJock of the Year Award is the premier award program presented by Masters Athlete magazine. The program recognizes excellence in Masters athletics. In addition to a single overall winner, the program also recognizes male and female winners in five age categories and a GeezerJock Executive of the Year award, recognizing the association head who has done the most to advance Masters athletics.

"We are excited that EUFLEXXA(TM) is sponsoring the GeezerJock of the Year Award," said Brian Reilly, publisher of Masters Athlete magazine. "Together with their sponsorships of major senior sporting events, it's clear that EUFLEXXA(TM) is deeply committed to improving the quality of life for Masters athletes."

About EUFLEXXA(TM)

EUFLEXXA(TM) (1% sodium hyaluronate) is the first and only non-avian derived hyaluronic acid approved in the U.S. for the treatment of pain caused by knee osteoarthritis and is indicated for a three-injection treatment regimen for patients who have failed to respond adequately to conservative non-pharmacologic therapy and simple analgesics (e.g., acetaminophen). In a prospective, randomized, double-blind, head-to-head study versus the market leading HA therapy, significantly more patients were "pain-free" and "symptom- free" with EUFLEXXA(TM).(1)

The process used to manufacture EUFLEXXA(TM) produces the HA that most closely resembles the HA in healthy human synovial fluid and the most highly purified HA product available today. In addition, since it is not derived from an avian source (chicken or rooster combs), the risk of reactions related to avian proteins is eliminated.(2-7)

EUFLEXXA(TM) received PMA approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on December 3, 2004, and became available to the public on November 8, 2005. For more information, visit http://www.EUFLEXXA.com.

About the National Senior Games Association

A not-for-profit member of the United States Olympic Committee, the National Senior Games Association is dedicated to motivating senior men and women to lead a healthy lifestyle through the senior games movement. The NSGA governs the Summer National Senior Games, the largest multi-sport event in the world for seniors, and other national senior athletic events.

Serving as an umbrella for member state organizations across the United States that host State Senior Games, the NSGA supports and sanctions these member state organizations so that adults can participate in their state in events year-round, helping keep them motivated to achieve greater value and quality in their lives by staying healthy, active and fit.

The NSGA also works with state and federal agencies, colleges and universities to better understand and support healthy aging initiatives for seniors and partners with national leaders committed to senior health, wellness and quality of life. The NSGA is committed to providing information to support education and research initiatives enabling senior athletes and others to be better informed about ways to ensure healthy aging. For more information, please visit http://www.NSGA.com.

About Masters Athlete

Masters Athlete, owned by Turnstile Publishing Company, boasts a circulation of 50,000 Masters athletes and is the only national publication covering the growing world of Masters sports, which are competitive athletic events for people 30-and-over. Since the magazine's launch in 2004 it has grown in both circulation and advertising revenues. Under the Turnstile umbrella of magazines, Masters Athlete is continuing to expand its reach among active baby boomers and other adult athletes.

The public can submit athletes for consideration as nominees for the EUFLEXXA GeezerJock of the Year Award via the online form at http://www.Masters-Athlete.com. In each issue of the magazine throughout the year, the athletes selected as nominees will be profiled. The winners are determined by online voters and the Masters Athlete editorial board. In 2007, more than 6,000 online votes were cast. The winners were announced in the January/February 2008 issue.

1 Kirchner M, Marshall D. A double-blind randomized controlled trial comparing alternate forms of high molecular weight hyaluronan for the treatment of osteoarthritis of the knee. Osteoarthritis Cartilage. 2006; 14:154-162.

2 Schiavinato A, Finesso M, Cortivo R, & Abatangelo G (2002). Comparison of the effects of intra-articular injections of Hyaluronan and its chemically cross-linked derivative (Hylan G-F20) in normal rabbit knee joints. Clin Exp Rheumatol 20, 445-454.

3 Goomer RS, Leslie K, Maris T, & Amiel D (2005). Native hyaluronan produces less hypersensitivity than cross-linked hyaluronan. Clin Orthop Relat Res 239-245.

4 Leopold SS, Warme WJ, Pettis PD, & Shott S (2002). Increased frequency of acute local reaction to intra-articular hylan GF-20 (synvisc) in patients receiving more than one course of treatment. J Bone Joint Surg Am 84-A, 1619- 1623.

5 Puttick MP, Wade JP, Chalmers A, Connell DG, & Rangno KK (1995). Acute local reactions after intraarticular hylan for osteoarthritis of the knee. J Rheumatol 22, 1311-1314.

6 Pullman-Mooar S, Mooar P, Sieck M, Clayburne G, & Schumacher HR (2002). Are there distinctive inflammatory flares after hylan g-f 20 intraarticular injections? J Rheumatol 29, 2611-2614.

7 Chen AL, Desai P, Adler EM, & Di Cesare PE (2002). Granulomatous inflammation after Hylan G-F 20 viscosupplementation of the knee: a report of six cases. J Bone Joint Surg Am 84-A, 1142-1147.


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