"Shire has delivered another strong set of quarterly results. Total product sales were up 28% to $1,018 million, with our newly acquired regenerative medicine product, DERMAGRAFT for Diabetic Foot Ulcers, contributing sales of $50 million in the quarter. We're on track to deliver significant 2011 earnings growth.
Sales of our rare disease treatments were very strong: with VPRIV up 31% and REPLAGAL up 40% versus the same quarter in 2010. FIRAZYR, our self-administered treatment for acute attacks of Hereditary Angioedema, was approved by the FDA in August and launched just a few weeks ago; initial demand from patients has been positive. This week we have also initiated a rolling Biologics License Application for REPLAGAL in the US, designated Fast Track by the FDA.
The US ADHD market continues to grow and with a strong ‘back to school’ season, our portfolio of treatments has gained share. VYVANSE sales were up 32% and INTUNIV sales grew 50%.
The investment in our product portfolio is already delivering benefits and we believe our R&D pipeline will provide important therapies to patients around the world. In addition to initiating Phase 3 clinical trials for VYVANSE as adjunctive therapy in Major Depressive Disorder (MDD), we're releasing highlights of exploratory data showing that cognition and executive function were improved in patients with MDD taking VYVANSE as adjunctive therapy. We've also released positive new clinical data related to our Phase 3 European ADHD clinical program. Overall, we’ve increased investment in our R&D programs by 21% compared to Q3 2010, and still generated good earnings growth and strong cashflows.
Over the course of the year we've seen market expectations for Shire's 2011 earnings rise, with further increases in the last quarter. After these good third quarter results, and after taking account of the lower royalty income that we will be recording in future periods, we remain on track to meet these increased expectations. We anticipate that this will be another very good year for Shire as we deliver strong sales and continue our investment program for sustained future growth."
About Shire plc
Shire's strategic goal is to become the leading specialty biopharmaceutical company that focuses on meeting the needs of the specialist physician. Shire focuses its business on attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, human genetic therapies, gastrointestinal diseases and regenerative medicine as well as opportunities in other therapeutic areas to the extent they arise through acquisitions. Shire's in-licensing, merger and acquisition efforts are focused on products in specialist markets with strong intellectual property protection and global rights. Shire believes that a carefully selected and balanced portfolio of products with strategically aligned and relatively small-scale sales forces will deliver strong results.