Global Initiatives Underscore Company’s Long-Term Commitment to the Rare Disease Community
Shire plc (LSE: SHP, NASDAQ: SHPG) today announced its support of Rare Disease Day, joining patients, healthcare providers, and patient organizations around the world to support a day that focuses attention on rare diseases as a public health issue, and highlights the need for more understanding and awareness about these diseases.
Observed annually on the last day of February, Rare Disease Day is coordinated at the international level by the European Organisation for Rare Diseases (EURORDIS) and the National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD) in the US. The Rare Disease Day 2013 slogan is “Rare Disorders Without Borders” to convey the global solidarity of the rare disease community worldwide and the need for collaboration and mutual support in the field of rare diseases.
According to EURORDIS and NORD there are between 6,000 and 8,000 known rare diseases affecting approximately 30 million Europeans and 30 million Americans. As a leader in rare diseases, Shire’s Human Genetic Therapies (HGT) business focuses its work on researching, developing, and marketing therapies for Fabry disease, Hereditary Angioedema, Hunter syndrome, and Gaucher disease, and has built and invested in a pipeline of innovative products and solutions for rare diseases.
“Shire’s purpose is to enable people with life-altering conditions to lead better lives – and for us, this includes improving access to information and diagnosis as well as providing much-needed treatment for rare diseases,” said Sylvie Grégoire, President of HGT. “Rare Disease Day is an occasion to show our commitment to the rare disease community. We hope that this day can highlight the need for consistent, reliable, and effective treatments and services for patients and give hope to those affected by rare diseases”.
Shire’s Global Rare Disease Day Initiatives
As part of its external initiatives, Shire is supporting the R.A.R.E Project, a leading non-profit rare disease advocacy organization, in their Global Genes Project “Wear That You Care TM” denim campaign in which denim jeans are used to raise awareness of rare genetic disorders. The company distributed over 3,500 blue ribbons to employees at various corporate locations worldwide.
Shire is also supporting a variety of other initiatives surrounding Rare Disease Day, including: EURORDIS “Black Pearl” Gala Dinner on February 26th in Brussels; MassBio’s Rare Disease Day celebration at the State House in Boston on February 28th; the “Troisième Journée des Maladies Rares en Suisse”” in Zürich, Switzerland on February 23rd; the Royal Free Hospital in London in the development of films to give insights into the patient journey for rare conditions, Fabry disease and Gaucher disease; a special “Supplement on Rare Diseases” in the UK’s Independent newspaper; The National Action Day for Rare Diseases organised by the University of Cologne on March 2nd; the launch of “Rare Voices Australia” (RVA) in Canberra in March 2013; and the “Awareness Campaign on Rare Diseases”, called for by the Federation on Rare Diseases of Argentina (FADEPOF).
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Shire enables people with life-altering conditions to lead better lives.
Through our deep understanding of patients’ needs, we develop and provide healthcare in the areas of:
as well as other symptomatic conditions treated by specialist physicians.
We aspire to imagine and lead the future of healthcare, creating value for patients, physicians, policymakers, payors and our shareholders.
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