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Shire Expands Gastrointestinal Patient Assistance Program for Uninsured or Unemployed Americans
Date:5/18/2009

Free Medication Provided by Shire to Patients Taking Lialda(R) (mesalamine) or Pentasa(R) (mesalamine) for the Treatment of Ulcerative Colitis Who Have Lost Their Jobs in 2009

PHILADELPHIA, May 18 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Shire plc (LSE: SHP, Nasdaq: SHPGY), the global specialty biopharmaceutical company, is responding to the needs of patients who are diagnosed with ulcerative colitis (UC) and prescribed gastrointestinal (GI) medications from Shire by expanding its Patient Assistant Program (PAP). Thanks to the recently enhanced Shire CARES PAP, UC patients who are newly prescribed or are already taking Lialda or Pentasa and who become unemployed in 2009 can receive their medication at no cost throughout the rest of the calendar year. In addition, more UC patients can benefit from Lialda and Pentasa because Shire has raised the household income levels necessary to qualify for no cost and shared cost assistance. This expands the existing Shire PAP to help even more uninsured patients and their families save on the medicines they need to stay healthy and to manage chronic conditions like UC.

"We are committed to helping UC patients better manage their condition," said Roger Adsett, senior vice president of the GI business unit at Shire. "Offering greater financial support to those who may be struggling due to the current economic climate through our expanded Shire CARES PAP is a natural extension of the Shire mission."

More than 100,000 people with UC have been treated with Lialda, and many have benefited from the Shire PAP. The new Shire CARES PAP includes job loss prescription coverage for 2009, and financial assistance at no cost and shared cost levels. Additionally, the Shire CARES PAP offers a discounted copay pharmacy card program (not valid in Mass.) and a 30-day free trial of Lialda when patients join the L
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