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Octapharma Targeting the Major Risk of Hemophilia Treatment - FVIII Antibodies
Date:8/26/2009

LACHEN, Switzerland and HOBOKEN, N.J., Aug. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Octapharma AG is leading an international initiative focused on confronting the major risk associated with hemophilia A therapy - anti-factor VIII (FVIII) antibodies, also known as inhibitors. This initiative, combined with Octapharma's efforts to pursue the first recombinant FVIII therapy produced from a human cell line, could dramatically impact the treatment of an estimated one in every 5,000 to 10,000 men born with hemophilia A worldwide. Globally, 75% of the hemophilia cases go undiagnosed or untreated.

Octapharma AG, the third largest plasma products manufacturer in the world, recently brought together many of the most respected blood coagulation disorder researchers for two symposia on this important issue during the International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis (ISTH) Biennial Congress in Boston. Octapharma was one of only five Platinum Sponsors at the ISTH Congress, which attracted approximately 7,500 representatives of the medical and research community as well as many patients.

Clinical experts noted during the symposia that up to 40 percent of previously untreated patients (PUPs) with hemophilia A develop the most serious clinical complication of FVIII replacement therapy - inhibitory antibodies - which can result in uncontrolled hemorrhage, increased hospitalizations and joint damage, resulting in increased morbidity and mortality.

"We brought the international community together to confront this issue because our worldwide commitment to hemophilia A patients dates back to Octapharma's formation 25 years ago," said Octapharma AG Vice Chairman '/>"/>

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