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Company Shire plc
TIDM SHP
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Transaction in Own Shares

Released 07:00 09-Jan-2013
Number 32306-CE3F

Transaction in Own Shares
Transaction in Own Shares

January 9, 2013 - Shire plc (LSE: SHP, NASDAQ: SHPG) (the "Company"), announces
that in accordance with the authority granted by shareholders at the Company's
Annual General Meeting on April 24, 2012 it purchased 197,598 of its ordinary
shares of 5 pence each ("Ordinary Shares") on January 8, 2013 through both
direct purchases of Ordinary Shares and through the purchase of Ordinary Shares
underlying ADRs. The highest and lowest price paid for the directly acquired
Ordinary Shares was 1971.00 pence per share and 1926.30 pence per share
respectively and for those Ordinary Shares acquired though the purchase of ADRs
was 3189.00 cents per share and 3146.66 cents per share respectively.

The purchased shares will be held as treasury shares. Following the above
purchase, the Company holds 4,106,860 Ordinary Shares as treasury shares and
has 558,439,475 Ordinary Shares in issue (excluding treasury shares).

The purchases were made by an independent third party which makes its trading
decisions independently of, and uninfluenced by the Company.  The independence
of the third party enables the Company to continue to purchase Ordinary Shares
(including Ordinary Shares underlying ADRs) during close periods and other
prohibited periods, should they arise. The third party has been appointed by
the Company to make purchases to December 31, 2013.

For further information please contact:

Investor Relations                                                             
                                                                               
Eric Rojas                  erojas@shire.com          +1 781 482 0999   
                                                                               
Sarah Elton-Farr            seltonfarr@shire.com      +44 1256 894157   

Notes to editors

Shire enables people with life-altering conditions to lead better lives.

Through our deep understanding of patients' needs, we develop and provide
healthcare in the areas of:

  * Behavioral Health and Gastro Intestinal conditions
   
  * Rare Diseases
   
  * Regenerative Medicine
   
as well as other symptomatic conditions treated by specialist physicians.

We aspire to imagine and lead the future of healthcare, creating value for
patients, physicians, policymakers, payors and our shareholders.

                                                                             
Registered in Jersey, No. 99854, 22 Grenville Street, St Helier, Jersey JE4 8PX

Press Release                                     
                                                  
www.shire.com

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