One Year Post-Launch, All Surveyed U.S. Neurologists Report Having Clinical Experience with Biogen Idec’s Tecfidera for the Treatment of Multiple Sclerosis

June 12, 2014

Current Neurologist-Reported Patient Share for Tecfidera Exceeds that of Genzyme’s Aubagio and Novartis’s Gilenya Combined, According to Findings from Decision Resources Group

BURLINGTON, Mass., June 12, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Decision Resources Group finds that, within one year of commercial availability, 100 percent of surveyed U.S. neurologists have prescribed Biogen Idec’s Tecfidera to at least one of their multiple sclerosis (MS) patients, far surpassing the one-year trial rate for Genzyme’s Aubagio (69 percent) and Novartis’s Gilenya (79 percent), despite the fact that Tecfidera is the third-to-market oral disease-modifying therapy (DMT) for MS. Driven by significant increases wave over wave, neurologist-reported Tecfidera patient share among DMT-treated relapsing-remitting MS (RR-MS) patients has grown to 13 percent and now exceeds that reported for Aubagio and Gilenya combined. Among high Tecfidera prescribers, Tecfidera is anticipated to become the RR-MS patient share leader as it will overtake Teva’s Copaxone within the next six months.


Other key findings from the LaunchTrends: Tecfidera Wave 4 (US) report:

    --  Patient share leader among switches: After one year on the market,
        Tecfidera captures the greatest allocation of recent switch
        prescriptions among DMT-treated RR-MS patients suggesting that it may be
        the most preferred DMT for second- or later-line therapy. Three out of
        five current Tecfidera-treated patients started the product as their
        second-line or later DMT.
    --  Increasing first-line use: With the majority of neurologists reporting
        comfort with prescribing Tecfidera first line, Tecfidera's allocation
        among recent treatment-naive RR-MS patients has increased significantly
        and is now second only to Copaxone.
    --  Stable discontinuation rate: Tolerability issues, specifically flushing
        and gastrointestinal (GI) issues, are the most common reasons behind
        Tecfidera discontinuations with approximately one-third of
        Tecfidera-treated patients experiencing flushing and/or GI events.
        However, even with the significant increases in product use, Tecfidera's
        discontinuation rate has remained stable compared to six months ago.

Comments from Decision Resources Group Analyst Emma McFadden, Ph.D.:

    --  "Interestingly, high Tecfidera prescribers rate the product as
        performing significantly better on overall tolerability/side effect
        profile compared with low prescribers. Given that high prescribers are
        more likely to have at least some of their patients experience flushing
        and/or GI events, this finding suggests that their more-extensive
        experience has increased their comfort managing side effects as they
        arise. Indeed, during qualitative follow up, interviewed neurologists
        largely agreed that Tecfidera-related side effects are manageable as
        physicians have now introduced steps to help mitigate them, including
        taking Tecfidera with food and slowing the titration schedule using 120
        mg samples."
    --  "Similar to the detailing reach reported with Gilenya one year
        post-launch, two-thirds of surveyed neurologists recounted a recent
        detail on Tecfidera. While efficacy and safety continued to be the most
        frequently recalled top-of-mind messages from these recent Tecfidera
        details, the product messaging appears to be evolving to focus less on
        its oral formulation and more on Tecfidera being a market leader."

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