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Questcor to Initiate Pilot Commercialization Effort In Pulmonology for Symptomatic Sarcoidosis
Date:7/11/2013

om respiratory manifestations of symptomatic sarcoidosis will follow the model we have used successfully for these other markets as we continue to explore the full therapeutic potential of Acthar."

"We are experiencing solid uptake of Acthar in rheumatology including, most recently, a larger than expected number of prescriptions for rheumatoid arthritis, an additional on-label indication, and are receiving positive feedback from physicians in the rheumatology community," commented Steve Cartt, Chief Operating Officer of Questcor.  "Based on this early success, and our track record of successful entry into multiple new Acthar markets, we are accelerating our plans to begin a pilot effort for Acthar with pulmonologists to help patients suffering from symptomatic sarcoidosis.  We will hire a small group of new Acthar Specialists to begin calling on and educating pulmonologists about Acthar and its potential role in the treatment of this difficult-to-treat autoimmune disorder.  As we have successfully done in the past with our MS, NS and rheumatology commercial efforts, we expect to gain valuable information from this initial pilot effort, which will inform our potential next steps in the commercialization process."

About Sarcoidosis

More commonly affecting young adults, sarcoidosis is a systemic inflammatory disease where cell nodules or granulomas can manifest in multiple organs, most often in the lungs.  There are about 150,000 diagnosed sarcoidosis patients in the U.S., of which approximately 90% have some degree of pulmonary involvement. 

Sarcoidosis can be difficult to treat, and if not treated successfully, serious health issues can develop, including lung scarring, fibrosis and infections, which may lead to respiratory deterioration and eventual failure. Between 30,000
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