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Ferring Pharmaceuticals Announces Trade Name FIRMAGON(R) (degarelix for injection) for Advanced Prostate Cancer Treatment
Date:8/4/2009

ing medical castrate levels compared with 96.4 percent for leuprolide.

In addition, prostate-specific antigen (PSA) levels were lowered by 64 percent two weeks after administration of FIRMAGON, 85 percent after one month, 95 percent after three months, and remained suppressed throughout the one year of treatment.(1,2) These PSA results should be interpreted with caution because of the heterogeneity of the patient population studied. No evidence has shown that the rapidity of PSA decline is related to a clinical benefit.

FIRMAGON is the exact same product as degarelix and carries the same National Drug Code (NDC). FIRMAGON is being reimbursed by all Medicare Administrative Carriers and virtually all commercial insurers. A free reimbursement assistance hotline for FIRMAGON is available at 1-877-971-3778 and has already assisted hundreds of patients and physician offices. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) reimbursement rates are on their Web site and can be accessed at http://tinyurl.com/kl79hr. For complete prescribing information, visit www.FIRMAGON.com.

About FIRMAGON

FIRMAGON is an injectable gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) receptor antagonist approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of advanced prostate cancer. As a receptor antagonist, FIRMAGON reversibly binds to the GnRH receptors in the pituitary gland, immediately suppressing the secretion of the luteinizing hormone (LH), follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH), and subsequently, testosterone levels.(4) FIRMAGON also reduces levels of prostate-specific antigen (PSA). Unlike luteinizing hormone-releasing hormone (LHRH) agonists, such as leuprolide, an established treatment for prostate cancer, FIRMAGON does
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