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Savient Pharmaceuticals Receives Complete Response Letter from U.S. Food and Drug Administration for KRYSTEXXA(TM)
Date:8/2/2009

EAST BRUNSWICK, N.J., Aug. 2 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Savient Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: SVNT) today announced that the Company has received a complete response letter from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) stating that the FDA can not at this time approve the Company's Biologics License Application (BLA) for KRYSTEXXA(TM) (pegloticase) as a treatment for chronic gout in patients refractory to conventional therapy.

The complete response letter from the FDA cites deficiencies with the chemistry, manufacturing and controls (CMC) section of the BLA and also provided the current draft of the proposed labeling and further guidance regarding a Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS) (Medication Guide and Communication Plan). The Company intends to immediately request a meeting with the FDA to discuss and clarify the issues raised in the complete response letter. Under FDA regulations, the Company believes that this meeting is deemed a "Type A" meeting, meaning that the FDA would meet with the Company within 30 days of its receipt of the meeting request.

One of the issues raised by the FDA in the complete response letter addresses a change made by the Company in the proposed process for manufacturing KRYSTEXXA for commercial use. The FDA has concluded that the comparability data submitted for the material manufactured using the proposed commercial manufacturing process was not adequate to demonstrate that it was representative of the material used to establish the safety and efficacy of KRYSTEXXA in its Phase 3 clinical trials. The FDA stated that the Company has the option of either reverting to and validating the manufacturing process used to produce KRYSTEXXA for the Phase 3 clinical trials or conducting additional comparability clinical trials to support the use of KRYSTEX
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