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MHLW Designates UMN-0501 And Forodesine Hydrochloride Orphan Drugs

This article was originally published in PharmAsia News

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The Drug and Food Board of the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare designated UMN Pharma's UMN-0501 and MundiPharma's forodesine hydrochloride orphan drugs during a May 23 session.UMN-0501 is a pandemic influenza vaccine produced by recombinant protein expression. Compared to the current flu vaccines that are produced using eggs, UMN-0501 enables production in larger quantities and shorter time periods. It also has fewer side effects such as allergies, anaphylactic shock and Guilain-Barre syndrome. Forodesine hydrochloride is used to treat relapsing and intractable T-cell lymphoma, and adult T-cell leukemia. (Click here for more - Japanese language

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