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Shire Announces FDA Approval of VPRIV(TM) (velaglucerase alfa for injection) for the Treatment of Type 1 Gaucher Disease
Date:2/26/2010

, a human cell line derived enzyme replacement therapy (ERT) for the long-term treatment of Type 1 Gaucher disease in pediatric and adult patients. The FDA designated VPRIV for Priority Review and granted marketing approval in just 6 months. VPRIV offers patients and their physicians a new treatment option at a critical time, as the supply of the previously approved ERT for Gaucher disease is uncertain and remains disrupted.

"We have had the opportunity to use VPRIV in clinical trials and actively participated in the expanded access program. We appreciate the support Shire's management team has provided during the last few months to ensure continuity of care for nearly 50 of our patients with Gaucher disease. We are confident the team Shire has put into place will ensure a seamless transition into the post-regulatory period," said Gregory M. Pastores MD, Associate Professor of Neurology and Pediatrics at the NYU School of Medicine in New York. "VPRIV offers patients a therapeutic option that is safe and effective, and our experience with VPRIV has helped build confidence in its use, bolstered by data on low frequency of antibody formation."

Shire recognizes that the treatments it develops for life-altering diseases and conditions require specialized service and support offerings. With today's FDA approval of VPRIV, the company has implemented enhancements to its existing OnePathSM Access Program with the introduction of a new Co-Pay Assistance Program. The new program was devel
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