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Back To Vidyya Canadian Officials Approve Anti-Chicken Pox Drug For Use During Pregnancy

Drug For Use During Pregnancy By Women Previously Not Infected With The Virus

Canada's Cangene Corp. said Monday that it won approval from Health Canada for its anti-chicken pox treatment for pregnant women previously not infected with the virus. The drug was investigated for its ability to prevent chicken pox in pregnant women who had been accidentally exposed to the virus and who were not previously immune.

"This is a great development for Cangene - now we have successfully taken two hyperimmune products through the development and approval process and on to the market," said Dr. John Langstaff, Cangene's president and CEO. VariZIG's approval in Canada allows Cangene to market the product in a number of other countries. Cangene intends to pursue applications in other jurisdictions.

VariZIG(tm) is purified from specially collected human plasma and manufactured using an industry-leading combination of solvent-detergent and nanofiltration for virus inactivation. These antibody products are generally referred to as hyperimmunes. Cangene believes hyperimmune products to be key weapons against infectious disease and is developing several others with infectious disease targets. Two of these are anti-Hepatitis B and anti-Hepatitis C, which are in advanced clinical development.

Cangene's website,, includes product and investor information, including past news releases.

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