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Fidia Farmaceutici S.p.A. to Distribute and Promote HYALGAN® (sodium hyaluronate) for Treatment of Osteoarthritis
Date:9/26/2011

PARSIPPANY, N.J., Sept. 26, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Fidia Farmaceutici S.p.A. ("Fidia") announced today that it has assumed responsibility for distributing and promoting the osteoarthritis (OA) treatment, Hyalgan (sodium hyaluronate), in the United States through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Fidia Pharma USA Inc. ("Fidia USA"). Fidia USA has engaged Interpace BioPharma, LLC. ("Interpace") to provide commercialization services to support Hyalgan.

Hyalgan was introduced in Italy in 1987. In 1997, Hyalgan became the first viscosupplementation product approved for marketing by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.  More than 38 million doses of Hyalgan have been administered worldwide since its introduction.(1) Hyalgan is indicated to relieve pain associated with osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee when simple analgesics like acetaminophen have failed.

"We are pleased to continue providing a treatment that has helped millions of patients worldwide who have suffered the debilitating effects of osteoarthritis," said Antonio Germani, CEO of Fidia Farmaceutici S.p.A.  "Hyalgan has demonstrated its safety and efficacy in more than 90 clinical trials involving more than 13,000 patients.  Our commitment is to provide our customers and patients the quality service they deserve, including reimbursement and patient assistance as well as patient education materials. Our goal is to see to it that Hyalgan remains a sustainable treatment of choice for patients with knee pain associated with OA," said Germani.

About Osteoarthritis (OA)

According to the Arthritis Foundation, 27 million Americans suffer from OA, which is common in all races and backgrounds.  The condition usually appears after the age of 45 years. Men under age 55 years are more likely to have osteoarthritis than women in the same age range.  After 55 years, women are more commonly affected.  OA is a chronic condition characterized by the breakdown of the j
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