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pharmiweb.com today | 24 July 2016

Shire launches pediatric indication for immunodeficiency treatment HyQvia in Europe

Zug, Switzerland – July 21, 2016 – Shire plc is launching a pediatric indication for HyQvia (Human Normal Immunoglobulin (10%), Recombinant Human Hyaluronidase) across Europe. This follows the recent marketing authorisation granted by the European Commission to Baxalta, now part of Shire, in June 2016.

HyQvia is a replacement therapy to treat primary and certain secondary immunodeficiencies, a group of disorders in which part of the body's immune system is missing or does not function properly, in some cases making it more difficult to fight off infections. It is estimated that as many as six million children and adults may be affected by Primary Immunodeficiencies (PI) worldwide....

Shire is commercially introducing the new indication across the member states of Europe, starting this month with Germany, The Netherlands, Ireland, Greece, Slovakia, Denmark, Sweden and Norway.

“We are pleased to bring pediatric patients a new therapeutic option as we build on our broad immunoglobulin (IG) portfolio for patients with immune deficiencies,” said Ueli Fankhauser, Head, Global Product Strategy. “We intend to expand the availability of HyQvia to more patients in additional geographies, with the goal of reducing the treatment burden for patients worldwide.”

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