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Hospira Acquires Worldwide Rights to Biogeneric Version of Filgrastim and Manufacturing Facility From PLIVA
Date:9/30/2009

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Filgrastim is a granulocyte colony-stimulating factor (G-CSF) used to treat neutropenia, a condition in which the body makes too few infection-fighting white blood cells. The condition is often caused by drugs prescribed for cancer treatment.

Hospira's pegfilgrastim would be a biogeneric version of Amgen's Neulasta,® a second-generation G-CSF also used to treat neutropenia. Hospira intends to launch its biogeneric pegfilgrastim in Europe, Asia and the United States prior to the expiry of patents relating to Neulasta, and is conducting the requisite clinical work to support these regulatory submissions. Hospira also intends to register the Croatian plant and an existing Hospira facility in Australia as global sites of manufacture for pegfilgrastim.

About Hospira

Hospira, Inc. is a global specialty pharmaceutical and medication delivery company dedicated to Advancing Wellness(TM). As the world leader in specialty generic injectable pharmaceuticals, Hospira offers one of the broadest portfolios of generic acute-care and oncology injectables, as well as integrated infusion therapy and medication management solutions. Through its products, Hospira helps improve the safety, cost and productivity of patient care. The company is headquartered in Lake Forest, Ill., and has approximately 14,000 employees. Learn more at www.hospira.com.

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This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including statements related to Hospira's biogenerics program, statements related to an intended launch date, and other statements regarding Hospira's goals and strategy. Hospira cautions that these forward-looking statements are s
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