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Octapharma USA Announces FDA Approval of wilate(R) - the First Replacement Therapy Developed Specifically for von Willebrand Disease
Date:12/7/2009

HOBOKEN, N.J., Dec. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Octapharma USA today announced the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved wilate® for the treatment of spontaneous and trauma-induced bleeding episodes in patients with all types of von Willebrand disease (VWD). Wilate® is a newly developed, high-purity, double virus inactivated von Willebrand Factor/Coagulation Factor VIII Concentrate (Human) that demonstrated efficacy for all types of VWD, including pediatric patients, in four prospective clinical trials utilizing both objective and subjective criteria.

Wilate® is indicated for the treatment of spontaneous and trauma-induced bleeding episodes in patients with severe VWD as well as patients with mild or moderate VWD in whom the use of desmopressin is known or suspected to be ineffective or contraindicated.(1) Wilate® is the first double virus inactivated VWF/FVIII (von Willebrand Factor / Factor FVIII), high-purity concentrate, utilizing the solvent/detergent (S/D) process and a special terminal dry-heating (TDH) system. The selected purification processes isolates the VWF/FVIII complex under highly protein-protecting conditions, resulting in a 1:1 ratio of VWF:RCo (ristocetin cofactor) and FVIII activities that is similar to normal plasma. No albumin is added as a stabilizer. Wilate® is exclusively derived from large pools of human plasma collected in U.S. FDA approved plasma donation centers.

The FDA approval of wilate® marks the entrance of Octapharma USA into the U.S. blood coagulation market, with product availability scheduled for early 2010. Octapharma USA is the rapidly growing U.S. divisio
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