About Hereditary Angioedema
HAE is the result of a defect in the gene controlling the synthesis of C1 inhibitor. C1 inhibitor maintains the natural regulation of the contact, complement, and fibrinolytic systems, that when left unrestricted, can initiate or perpetuate an attack by consuming the already low levels of endogenous C1 inhibitor in HAE patients. Patients with C1 inhibitor deficiency experience recurrent, unpredictable, debilitating, and potentially life threatening attacks of inflammation affecting the larynx, abdomen, face, extremities and urogenital tract. While there is no approved therapy for acute HAE attacks in the U.S., a commercially available C1 inhibitor has been used in Europe to treat HAE for more than 35 years. There are estimated to be 10,000 people with HAE in the U.S.
Additional information on HAE can be obtained from the U.S. Hereditary Angioedema Association at http://www.haea.org.
About ViroPharma Incorporated
ViroPharma Incorporated is a biopharmaceutical company dedicated to the
development and commercialization of products that address serious diseases
treated by physician specialists and in hospital settings. ViroPharma
commercializes Vancocin(R), approved for oral administration for treatment
of antibiotic-associated pseudomembranous colitis caused by Clostridium
difficile and enterocolitis caused by Staphylococcus aureus, including
methicillin-resistant strains (for prescribing information, please download
the package insert at http://www.viropharma.com/Products.aspx ). ViroPharma
currently focuses its drug developme
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