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Galen acquires DaunoXome from Gilead


SOUDERTON, Pa. — A Northern Ireland pharmaceutical company has acquired a chemotherapy agent from Gilead.

Galen said it has acquired DaunoXome (daunorubicin citrate liposome injection), an anthracycline chemotherapy agent that was first approved in the United States in 1996, and is indicated as a first-line cytotoxic therapy for advanced HIV-associated Kaposi’s sarcoma. Galen said its wholly owned subsidiary, Galen US, will market the drug in the United States. DaunoXome will be made available through wholesalers in the United States.

“We are delighted that we are now able to supply DaunoXome in the United States for the treatment of patients with this devastating disease,” Galen president Mark Scrutton said, “DaunoXome marks our first step into the oncology arena and this exciting, new acquisition provides us with the opportunity to offer more widely a much-needed therapy for patients with advanced HIV-associated KS.”

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