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

oint cartilage and synovial fluid, which acts as both as a lubricant and shock absorber for the knee joint.  The breakdown of the cartilage and synovial fluid causes the bones to rub against each other, causing stiffness, pain and loss of movement in the joint. While there is no cure for OA, current disease management focuses on controlling joint pain and stiffness.  

About Hyalgan

Hyalgan is based on natural hyaluronic acid which is structurally and chemically similar to hyaluronic acid that is present in the knees of healthy individuals.  Hyaluronic acid is a vital natural component of the cartilage and synovial fluid of the knee joint.

"For many years, Hyalgan has served as an important therapeutic option for sufferers of osteoarthritis," said Dr. Frank Kane of Fidia Pharma Inc.  "Its long-established safety and efficacy record has demonstrated its usefulness in relieving the pain of osteoarthritis in patients who do not get relief from simple analgesics, such as acetaminophen, or are unable to tolerate the side effects of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agents," continued Kane.

The recommended treatment cycle for Hyalgan is five intra-articular injections given once a week for five weeks, although many patients receive significant pain relief after a three-injection regimen consisting of one injection per week for three weeks.  Hyalgan will relieve pain in a many patients for up to six months.  Hyalgan is only approved to relieve knee pain. The FDA has not evaluated Hylagan's safety and efficacy in other joints.  Full prescribing information and important safety information for Hyalgan can be found at http://www.hyalgan.com.

About Fidia Farmaceutici S.p.A

Headquartered in Abano Terme, Northeast Italy, Fidia Farmaceutici S.p.A., has over 50 years of successful R&D and industry experience with biologically active molecules.  As
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