CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, September 8 Shire plc(LSE: SHP, NASDAQ: SHPGY), the global specialty biopharmaceutical company, iscommitted to doing everything possible to assist Gaucher patients and theirphysicians during the imiglucerase supply shortage. Shire is pleased to beable to provide velaglucerase alfa well over a year ahead of previouslyanticipated commercial launch world wide.
In the U.S., the velaglucerase alfa treatment protocol is currently openand enrolling patients. In the EU and other regions, Shire is engaging withnational and regional authorities to seek pre-approval access using thefastest mechanisms available in each region. Shire will manage, on an ongoingbasis, the overall global supply of velaglucerase alfa based on the evolvingneed as communicated to us by physicians.
Shire has accelerated its manufacturing timeline by almost 18 months inorder to provide velaglucerase alfa for the long-term treatment of Gaucherpatients during 2009 and beyond. Shire currently has supply of velaglucerasealfa for several hundred patients world-wide. The total number of patientsShire can treat is dependent on the patient weight, as well as theadministered dose as recommended by their treating physician; Shire estimatesthis could translate into a range of 300 to 600 patients for uninterruptedtreatment starting in September 2009. Shire also expects that several hundredmore patients can be added throughout 2010; the range will again depend onpatient weight, and doses.
Shire is working with a global group of experienced Gaucher physicians toensure that physicians put in place guidelines that consider patients in thegreatest need of treatment during the supply crisis. Individual treatmentdecisions will remain with the patient's physician.
In addition, Shire is working with regulatory authorities towards theapproval of velaglucerase alfa and has announced, earlier last week, thatbased on the positive results from all phase 3 trials, it has submitted theNew Drug Application to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration and is expectedto submit the EU application by year end.
In order to help physicians plan with their patients, Shire has todaysent a letter to physicians in the U.S. This letter is to be posted onhttp://www.gaucherpatients.com.
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Shire's strategic goal is to become the leading specialtybiopharmaceutical company that focuses on meeting the needs of the specialistphysician. Shire focuses its business on attention deficit hyperactivitydisorder (ADHD), human genetic therapies (HGT) and gastrointestinal (GI)diseases as well as opportunities in other therapeutic areas to the extentthey arise through acquisitions. Shire's in-licensing, merger and acquisitionefforts are focused on products in specialist markets with strongintellectual property protection and global rights. Shire believes that acarefully selected and balanced portfolio of products with strategicallyaligned and relatively small-scale sales forces will deliver strong results.
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