SHIRE PLC: Transaction in Own Shares

Transaction in Own Shares 
January 10, 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 154,251 of its
ordinary shares of 5 pence each ("Ordinary Shares") on January 9, 2013. The
highest and lowest price paid for the directly acquired Ordinary Shares was
2008.00 pence per share and 1978.00 pence per share respectively. 
The purchased shares will be held as treasury shares. Following the above
purchase, the Company holds 4,261,111 Ordinary Shares as treasury shares and
has 558,289,504 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
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                         +1 781 482 0999    
Sarah Elton-Farr               +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 
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