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[September 08, 2006]

Ventura County Star, Calif., business briefs column

(Ventura County Star (CA) (KRT) Via Thomson Dialog NewsEdge) Sep. 8--VENTURA COUNTY -- AMGEN OFFERS EASIER, SAFER ANTI-ANEMIA DRUG INJECTION: Amgen Inc. on Thursday introduced a pre-filled device that makes it easier and safer to inject its anti-anemia drug Aranesp.

The Thousand Oaks-based biotechnology company is offering the SureClick autoinjector for patients with anemia caused by chemotherapy or chronic kidney disease.

Aranesp has been on the market since 2001. It is administered in a hospital or clinic setting with pre-filled syringes or vials. Amgen said the SureClick injectors, which would prevent needle-stick injuries to health workers, are available at the same price as other administration methods.

The SureClick injector was approved by the European Union in 2005. Amgen reports that more than 500,000 patients have used the injectors.

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