Within the Transplant business, second-quarter sales of Thymoglobulin(R) (Anti-thymocyte Globulin [Rabbit]) and Lymphoglobuline(R) (Anti-thymocyte Globulin [Equine]) rose 10 percent to $45.6 million from $41.4 million in the second quarter last year. Worldwide demand for Thymoglobulin continues to grow, and Genzyme is working to build inventory to meet anticipated demand following resolution of a manufacturing issue during 2007 that affected product appearance in some lots. The company has begun construction of a new manufacturing plant for Thymoglobulin in France to support the long-term growth of the product.
Genzyme continues to prepare for the U.S. and European launch of Mozobil next year, and it is also planning to seek regulatory approvals globally. The company anticipates peak annual sales of Mozobil in the transplant setting of $400 million. More than 900 patients have already received the product through a compassionate use program in the United States, and similar compassionate use programs have recently begun in Europe. Genzyme continues to invest in studies exploring additional potential applications for Mozobil, including its use in conjunction with chemotherapy.
Within the Biosurgery business, sales of Synvisc(R) (hylan G-F 20) and Synvisc-ONE rose to $70.9 million from $64.9 million, an increase of 9 percent. The growth was driven by the increasing strength of Synvisc in the U.S. market and the initiation of direct sales of the product in Latin America. Genzyme is introducing Synvisc-ONE in a growing number of European and Southeast Asian countries. The product is designed to simplify osteoarthritis pain management and thereby reach a broader set of patients.
Also within the Biosurgery business, sales of Sepra(R) products have
remained consistently strong over recent quarters. Sales rose 39 per
|SOURCE Genzyme Corporation|
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