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INTUNIV(TM) - Shire Files Suit Against Actavis Elizabeth LLC and Actavis Inc.
Date:5/13/2010

DUBLIN and PHILADELPHIA, May 13, 2010 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Shire plc (LSE: SHP, NASDAQ: SHPGY), the global specialty biopharmaceutical company, announces that its subsidiary Shire LLC has filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware against Actavis Elizabeth LLC and Actavis Inc. (collectively "Actavis") for the infringement of U.S. Patent Nos. 5,854,290 (the '290 patent), 6,287,599 (the '599 patent), and 6,811,794 (the '794 patent).

The lawsuit results from an Abbreviated New Drug Application (ANDA) filed by Actavis for generic versions of 1 mg, 2 mg, 3 mg and 4 mg guanfacine hydrochloride extended release tablets, INTUNIV(TM), which seeks to market such generic products before the expiration of the '290, '599, and '794 patents. The regulatory exclusivity period for INTUNIV(TM) runs through September 2, 2012.

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Shire's strategic goal is to become the leading specialty biopharmaceutical company that focuses on meeting the needs of the specialist physician. Shire focuses its business on attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), human genetic therapies (HGT) and gastrointestinal (GI) diseases as well as opportunities in other therapeutic areas to the extent they arise through acquisitions. Shire's in-licensing, merger and acquisition efforts are focused on products in specialist markets with strong intellectual property protection and global rights. Shire believes that a carefully selected and balanced portfolio of products with strategically aligned and relatively small-sca
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