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Shire and Teva Settle Litigation Concerning Supply of ADDERALL XR Authorized Generic

PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, December 2 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Shire plc (LSE: SHP, NASDAQ: SHPGY), the global specialty biopharmaceutical company, announces that it has settled the litigation with Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc. ("Teva") over Shire's supply to Teva of an authorized generic version of ADDERALL XR. Shire has been supplying Teva with authorized generic ADDERALL XR since April 1, 2009. Shire's ability to supply the product had been limited by restrictions that the US Drug Enforcement Administration ("DEA") places on amphetamine, which is the product's active ingredient. Teva filed suit claiming that Shire was in breach of its supply contract. After the lawsuit was filed, DEA granted Shire additional quota for 2009, allowing Shire to supply Teva with additional product.

Teva has now dismissed its lawsuit, including its claims for monetary damages, specific performance and other equitable relief. No consideration was exchanged by the parties as part of the settlement.

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Shire's strategic goal is to become the leading specialty biopharmaceutical company that focuses on meeting the needs of the specialist physician. Shire focuses its business on attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), human genetic therapies (HGT) and gastrointestinal (GI) diseases as well as opportunities in other therapeutic areas to the extent they arise through acquisitions. Shire's in-licensing, merger and acquisition efforts are focused on products in specialist markets with strong intellectual property protection and global rights. Shire believes that a carefully selected and balanced portfolio of products with strategically aligned and relatively small-scale sales forces will deliver strong results.

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Statements included herein that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements involve a number of risks and uncertainties and are subject to change at any time. In the event such risks or uncertainties materialize, the Company's results could be materially adversely affected. The risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, risks associated with: the inherent uncertainty of research, development, approval, reimbursement, manufacturing and commercialization of the Company's Specialty Pharmaceutical and Human Genetic Therapies products, as well as the ability to secure and integrate new products for commercialization and/or development; government regulation of the Company's products; the Company's ability to manufacture its products in sufficient quantities to meet demand; the impact of competitive therapies on the Company's products; the Company's ability to register, maintain and enforce patents and other intellectual property rights relating to its products; the Company's ability to obtain and maintain government and other third-party reimbursement for its products; and other risks and uncertainties detailed from time to time in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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