ATryn approved for anticoagulation

The FDA has approved ATryn(antithrombin [recombinant], from GTC Biotherapeutics and Ovation Pharmaceuticals), an anticoagulant for the prevention of peri-operative andperi-partum blood clots in patients with hereditary antithrombin (AT)deficiency. ATryn is a therapeutic protein derived fromthe milk of goats that have been genetically engineered by introducing a segmentof DNA into their genes (called a recombinant DNA or rDNA construct) withinstructions for the goat to produce human antithrombin in itsmilk. 

ATryn is expected to be available inthe second quarter of 2009. 

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