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Octapharma Aims to Expand U.S. Immune Globulin Therapy Portfolio
Date:9/23/2009

already gained over 10% of the U.S. market despite entrenched competition.

"No market is more important to Octapharma than the U.S.," said Nielsen. "Octapharma has been committed to patient care and medical innovation since its founding over 25 years ago and our vision of providing patients with the safest, highest quality products available is stronger than ever. We look forward to a rapid expansion of our U.S. product portfolio. Octapharma is committed to providing life saving products as well as ensuring reliable supply and fair pricing."

Octapharma also recently submitted an Investigational New Drug (IND) application for a next generation IGIV product for the treatment of ITP and chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy (CIDP), a neurological disorder that progressively impairs leg and arm function.

The IND for this next generation IGIV is just one part of Octapharma's extensive global Research and Development program. Octapharma also is evaluating the efficacy of immune globulin as a treatment in new and existing conditions. Octagam is currently being investigated in clinical trials studying the efficacy of treatment for CIDP, ITP, multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer's disease and primary immune deficiency. In February, Octapharma started phase II clinical trials following FDA review of its IND for octagam 10% in mild-to-moderate Alzheimer's disease.

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Headquartered in Lachen, Switzerland, Octapharma is the third largest plasma products manufacturer in the world and has been committed to patient care and medical innovation for over 25 years. Octapharma's core business is the development, production and sale of high quality human protein therapies from both human plasma and human cell lines, including immune globulin intravenous (IGIV). In the U.S., Octapharm
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