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CSL Behring Receives FDA Orphan Drug Designation for rVIIa-FP, a Novel Therapy in Development to Treat Hemophilia A and Hemophilia B Patients Who Have Inhibitors
Date:2/16/2012

ases that affect fewer than 200,000 people in the U.S. Orphan designation qualifies the sponsor of the product for important tax credits, elimination of FDA license application fees and certain marketing incentives.

CSL Behring's rVIIa-FP was granted Orphan Drug Designations (ODD) by the European Commission in May, 2011.

About Hemophilia
Hemophilia is a congenital bleeding disorder characterized by prolonged or spontaneous bleeding, especially into the muscles, joints, or internal organs. In nearly all cases, it affects only males. The disease is caused by deficient or defective blood coagulation proteins known as factor VIII or IX. The most common form of the disease is hemophilia A, or classic hemophilia, in which the clotting factor VIII is either deficient or defective.  Hemophilia B is characterized by deficient or defective factor IX. Hemophilia A affects approximately 1 in 5,000 to 10,000 people. Hemophilia B affects approximately 1 in 25,000 to 50,000 people. The recommended treatment for patients who are factor deficient is to treat by replacement factor therapy. A complication in some patients is the development of inhibitory antibodies (inhibitors) to FVIII or FIX which renders replacement therapy ineffective.  This can occur in up to 25 percent of hemophilia A patients and around 5 percent of hemophilia B patients.  One treatment option for these patients is recombinant activated factor VII (called a bypassing agent) which can be used to achieve hemostasis without the need for factor VIII or IX. 

About the recombinant fusion protein linking coagulation factor VIIa with albumin (rVIIa-FP)
Preclinical studies have confirmed that CSL Behring's rVIIa-FP has favorable pharmacokinetic properties compared with the existing recombinant FVIIa product.
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