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Frost & Sullivan Accolade for Ferring Pharmaceuticals
Date:3/25/2009

LONDON, March 25 /PRNewswire/ -- The 2008 Frost & Sullivan European Human Growth Hormone Competitive Strategy Leadership Award is presented to Ferring Pharmaceuticals. The award is in recognition of Ferring's initiatives in providing no-needle injection for human growth hormone (hGH). The company offers ZOMAJET 2 VISION and ZOMAJET VISION X, innovative no-needle delivery systems for its human growth hormone, ZOMACTON.

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These novel, no-needle delivery systems are poised to help Ferring to not only sustain its market share in the European growth hormones market, but also to expand its presence in the hGH market worldwide.

"Drug delivery systems provide strategic differentiation to successfully increase sales for companies established in the hGH market," notes Frost & Sullivan Research Analyst Prabakar Sampath. "Through its innovation in no-needle devices, and clinical evidence showing the high level of childrens' preference for no-needle hGH administration, Ferring has shown leadership in meeting the needs of the paediatric population in this therapy area. "

The majority of end users of hGH are children under the age of fifteen. Patient compliance is an issue for treatment with drugs that have to be administered on a daily basis. Frost & Sullivan's end user analysis suggests that over 30 per cent of children using traditional methods of injection are likely to stop using hGH due to the inconvenience caused. This poor compliance is attributed to 'needle-phobia' and pain caused while administering injections.

A strategic partnership with Antares has enabled Ferring to provide pioneering, no-needle delivery devices for ZOMACTON. Ferring launched the ZOMAJET 2 VISION in Europe in 2002. It was one of the early providers of no-need
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