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New High Purity Immunoglobulin Enters Phase III in Europe and the US
Date:2/16/2010

rward in the evolution of IVIG products. In the development of the product, Octapharma has looked to optimise the characteristics of the product for improved patient outcomes, such as high tolerability even at high infusion rates. Pre-clinical studies and initial clinical experiences have confirmed that a favourable tolerability profile may be expected," commented the coordinating investigator of the study, Professor Michael Borte of Leipzig, Germany.

The Phase III study in primary immune deficiency represents the start of a series of planned studies to investigate Octapharma's new 10% IVIG for a range of neurologic and haematological conditions including idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP), Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) and Kawasaki disease and chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyradiculoneuropathy (CIDP).

About Primary Immune Deficiency

Primary immunodeficiencies are disorders in which part of the body's immune system is missing or do not function properly(1). As one of the most important functions of the normal immune system is to protect us against infection, patients with primary immunodeficiency diseases commonly have an increased susceptibility to infection(2) including severe ones such as pneumonia or sepsis. Most primary immunodeficiencies are genetic disorders; the majority are diagnosed in children under the age of one, although milder forms may not be recognised until adulthood. About 1 in 500 people are born with a primary immunodeficiency(1).

About Octapharma AG

Octapharma, a biopharmaceutical company, was founded in 1983. Its mission is to work for the safe and optimal usage of human proteins. Octapharma products are state-of-the-art within treatment of haemophilia, immune diseases, volume expansion and plasma transfusions. Octapharma's turnover in
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