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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

"The last 6 months have been very challenging for the entire Gaucher community, and the approval of VPRIV brings an important new treatment option to patients suffering from Type 1 Gaucher disease," said Rhonda Buyers, CEO / Executive Director, National Gaucher Foundation (NGF). "We at the NGF are excited about this approval, and by the steps that Shire has taken to improve access to treatments for patients with life-altering conditions. This co-pay program will greatly assist the Gaucher patient population, and we appreciate the fact that Shire has taken the time to listen to us and to act on the needs of patients."

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The VPRIV application has also been granted accelerated assessment by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) in the European Union (EU). Shire expects to launch VPRIV in the EU by the end of 2010 and in other countries beginning in 2011.

Full prescribing information for VPRIV can be found at http://www.VPRIV.com. For information on Shire's OnePathSM services visit

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