Excluding these intangible impairment charges of US$256.4 million and the US$100.0 million charge on the effective settlement of the pre-existing relationship with New River, R&D expenditure in the year to December 31, 2007 was US$418.8 million or 19% of product sales (2006: US$295.8 million) an increase of US$123.0 million.
The increase in R&D expenditure in 2007 was due to Phase 3(b) and Phase 4 studies to support new product launches; the continuation of Phase 3 trials on velaglucerase alfa (GA-GCB); the development of the Women's Health franchise and JUVISTA; the pre-clinical development of three HGT projects and the newly in-licensed products from Amicus Therapeutics, Inc. ("Amicus") and Alba Therapeutics Corporation ("Alba").
For the year to December 31, 2007 R&D included a charge of US$16.6 million (2006: US$3.9 million) for share based compensation which included a US$4.6 million (2006: US$nil) cumulative catch up charge in respect of 2005 option awards, for further information see SG&A below.
Selling, general and administrative (SG&A) expenses
SG&A expenses increased from US$1,219.9 million (79% of product sales) in the year to December 31, 2006 to US$1,381.1 million in 2007 (64% of product sales), an increase of 13%, which is less than the product sales increase of 41%.
Year to December 31, 2007 2006 Change
US$M US$M %
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Sales costs 310.7 233.2 +33
Marketing costs 401
|SOURCE Shire plc|
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