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  • jeanwekillstoxx jeanwekillstoxx May 21, 2012 1:51 PM Flag

    Avanir shorts: CELG's one drug

    Huge difference between cancer drugs and Avanir's drug to treat uncontrollable laughing and crying. Huge difference in having one approved drug to sell and having numerous FDA approved drugs to sell.

    Celgene's Drugs
    Our primary commercial stage products include REVLIMID ® , VIDAZA ® , ABRAXANE ® , THALOMID ® and ISTODAX ® .

    REVLIMID ® is an oral immunomodulatory drug marketed in the United States and many international markets, in combination with dexamethasone, for treatment of patients with multiple myeloma who have received at least one prior therapy. It is also marketed in the United States and certain international markets for the treatment of transfusion-dependent anemia due to low- or intermediate-1-risk myelodysplastic syndromes, or MDS, associated with a deletion 5q cytogenetic abnormality with or without additional cytogenetic abnormalities.

    VIDAZA ® is a pyrimidine nucleoside analog that has been shown to reverse the effects of DNA hypermethylation and promote subsequent gene re-expression. VIDAZA ® is a Category 1 recommended treatment for patients with intermediate-2 and high-risk MDS according to the National Comprehensive Cancer Network and is marketed in the United States for the treatment of all subtypes of MDS. The U.S. regulatory exclusivity for VIDAZA ® expired in May 2011. If a
    generic version of VIDAZA ® is successfully launched, we may quickly lose a significant portion of our sales for this product in the United States. In Europe, VIDAZA ® is marketed for the treatment of intermediate-2 and high-risk MDS as well as acute myeloid leukemia, or AML, with 30% blasts and has been granted orphan drug designation for the treatment of MDS and AML.

    ABRAXANE ® is a solvent-free chemotherapy treatment option for metastatic breast cancer which was developed using our proprietary nab ® technology platform. This protein-bound chemotherapy agent combines paclitaxel with albumin. It is approved for the treatment of metastatic breast cancer in the United States and specific international markets. ABRAXANE ® is currently in various stages of investigation for the treatment of the following cancers: expanded applications for metastatic breast, non-small cell lung, malignant melanoma, pancreatic, bladder and ovarian.

    THALOMID ® is marketed for patients with newly diagnosed multiple myeloma and for the acute treatment of the cutaneous manifestations of moderate to severe erythema nodosum leprosum, or ENL, an inflammatory complication of leprosy and as maintenance therapy for prevention and suppression of the cutaneous manifestation of ENL recurrence.

    ISTODAX ® is approved in the United States for the treatment of cutaneous T-cell lymphoma, or CTCL, in patients who have received at least one prior systemic therapy. Additionally, in June 2011, ISTODAX ® received U.S. approval for the treatment of peripheral T-cell lymphoma, or PTCL, in patients who have received at least one prior therapy. ISTODAX ® has received orphan drug designation for the treatment of non-Hodgkin’s T-cell lymphomas, which includes CTCL and PTCL. The European Medicines Agency, or EMA, has granted orphan drug designation for ISTODAX ® for the treatment of both CTCL and PTCL.

    Additional sources of revenue include a licensing agreement with Novartis, which entitles us to royalties on their sales of FOCALIN XR ® and the entire RITALIN ® family of drugs, the sale of services through our Cellular Therapeutics subsidiary and other miscellaneous licensing agreements.

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