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Ferring Pharmaceuticals Inc. Announces $1M Donation to the Alliance for Fertility Preservation, a Newly Formed Charitable Organization
Date:6/3/2013

PARSIPPANY, N.J., June 3, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, Ferring Pharmaceuticals Inc. announced that it will donate $1M to the Alliance for Fertility Preservation (the Alliance), a newly formed 501c3 charitable organization established by and comprised of experts representing a broad range of disciplines. The Alliance helps to promote the education of patients diagnosed with cancer to enable them to make the best informed decisions regarding fertility preservation options prior to commencement of treatment and to better understand potential opportunities to help manage infertility after treatment.

According to survey responses from cancer survivors of childbearing age, less than half of patients recalled having a discussion of fertility or the effects their treatment might have on their future fertility upon being diagnosed with cancer.[i] Over 70,000 women in their twenties and thirties are diagnosed with various forms of cancer each year.[ii]

"As cancer survival rates increase, more and more patients need to consider their life after treatment, including how they might build or expand their family," said Joy Lewin , Director of Ferring's reproductive health unit. "Unfortunately, when faced with the overwhelming decisions surrounding their cancer diagnosis, future fertility is not top of mind.  We believe it's imperative to drive a better dialogue between healthcare providers and patients, which is why Ferring is supporting the Alliance in meeting this unmet need."

Formed in December 2011, the Alliance for Fertility Preservation, which was awarded 501c3 status on January 22, 2013 endeavors to promote a dialogue between patients and clinicians in an effort to optimize patient knowledge as to their expectations regarding fertility options as affected by their cancer care. The Alliance's unique, multidisciplinary approach with representation of experts in the fields of re
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