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Octapharma Launches Clinical Trial to Evaluate Efficacy & Safety of wilate® In Preventing Surgical Bleeding in Type 3 von Willebrand Disease Patients
Date:9/26/2011

HOBOKEN, N.J. and LACHEN, Switzerland, Sept. 26, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Octapharma, one of the largest human protein products manufacturers in the world, has launched an international multi-center clinical study to investigate the efficacy and safety of wilate® (von Willebrand Factor/Factor VIII Concentrate, Human) in preventing excessive intra- and post-operative bleeding in pediatric and adult patients with Type 3 von Willebrand Disease (VWD) who undergo major surgical procedures.

The prospective, open-label, Phase 3 trial is being conducted at study centers in the U.S., Europe, Asia, and South Africa and recently enrolled its first patient. As the most common inherited bleeding disorder in humans, VWD affects one to two percent of the general population or approximately 3 million people in the United States. VWD is a complex congenital bleeding disorder that is divided into subtypes with Type 3 being the most severe form.

"The study will collect valuable information on this rare VWD patient subset," said Coordinating Investigator Craig Kessler, M.D., Georgetown University Hospital, Professor of Medicine and Pathology and Director of the Division of Coagulation. "Sufficient data is not currently available for Type 3 VWD patients. The research will be invaluable in determining the adequacy of dosing and duration of treatment in this group of patients."

Originally approved in Germany in 2005, wilate® is available in 46 countries worldwide. In December 2009, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted Octapharma orphan drug exclusivity for wilate®, the first replacement therapy developed specifically for VWD.


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