Driven by Sales of Enbrel, Remicade and Humira, spondyloarthropathies Drug Market Grew to Nearly $2 Billion in 2008
Newly Approved Simponi is Expected to Achieve Strong Uptake in this Niche Market, According to a New Report from Decision Resources
The new Spectrum report entitled Strategic Overview of Spondyloarthropathies: Tapping the Market Opportunity of Niche Immune Diseases finds that the need for efficacious therapies to treat SpAs resulted in strong adoption of TNF-alpha inhibitors and, in turn, has proven to be a source of additional sales for blockbuster agents such as Enbrel, Remicade and Humira. In addition, physicians’ familiarity with TNF-alpha inhibitors is expected to aid in the uptake of the newest agent in this drug class, Centocor/Schering-Plough/Janssen/Mitsubishi Tanabe’s Simponi, which was approved in late April by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of psoriatic arthritis and ankylosing spondylitis.
“Simponi’s advantages over existing TNF-alpha inhibitors are appealing to rheumatologists, and we forecast strong adoption for this agent,” said Decision Resources Analyst
According to the report, the SpA market will continue to grow over the next five to ten years, although the sales picture across the three diseases will vary widely as the reactive arthritis drug sector is markedly different than the sectors for the other two diseases. While the combined market in 2008 for ankylosing spondylitis and psoriatic arthritis was approximately
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