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Shire Reports Tolerability and Clinical Effects Results of Daytrana(R) (methylphenidate transdermal system) from Study in Adolescents with ADHD
Date:10/30/2009

HONOLULU, Oct. 30 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Shire plc (LSE: SHP, Nasdaq: SHPGY), the global specialty biopharmaceutical company, today announced findings at a major medical meeting from a Phase IIIb study of the tolerability and effectiveness of Daytrana® (methylphenidate transdermal system) in adolescents aged 13 to 17 years diagnosed with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). In addition, data regarding the pharmacokinetic profile of Daytrana in children and adolescents was also presented. Daytrana, the first and only patch for the treatment of ADHD, is indicated for use in children aged 6 to 12 years with the disorder.

Alain Katic, MD, child psychiatrist at the Claghorn Research Clinic in Houston, Texas, states, "In this 6-month, open-label adolescent extension study, we found that most adverse events were generally mild to moderate in intensity. Additionally, Daytrana treatment resulted in significant improvements in ADHD Rating Scale IV mean total scores from baseline to end point."

Daytrana delivers medication directly through the skin into the bloodstream and is designed to release methylphenidate continuously while applied to the skin. Daytrana is approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for a wear-time of nine hours; however, the patch can be removed earlier to accommodate changing schedules or to help manage late day side effects, allowing parents, working with physicians, to tailor the treatment to a child's specific needs. Daytrana is available in 10-mg, 15-mg, 20-mg, and 30-mg patches.

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