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Asthma Agents Currently Face a Suboptimal Coverage Environment in Brazil and Mexico, and as the Treatment Armamentarium Expands, Competitiveness Will Further Intensify
Date:8/21/2014

BURLINGTON, Mass., Aug. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Decision Resources Group finds that the asthma market in Brazil and Mexico currently faces severe coverage restrictions. The uptake of several newly approved agents, the anticipated label extension of Boehringer Ingelheim/Pfizer's Spiriva for this indication and the launch of emerging biologics will substantially increase the competitiveness of these asthma markets. In particular, the emerging IL-5 inhibitors will introduce a new dynamic to the severe, disease-refractory market segment. In terms of patients for whom Genentech/Novartis's Xolair (omalizumab) is currently the only therapeutic option, the severe, disease-refractory market segment is characterized by high morbidity and frequent hospitalizations. Additionally, the treatment of severe, refractory asthma is a burden to the healthcare systems in Brazil and Mexico, and reducing direct costs such as those associated with acute exacerbations and the need for hospitalization and ER visits is one of the most valuable attributes for formulary inclusion.

Other key findings from the Emerging Markets Physician and Payer Forum report entitled Positioning of Current and Emerging Agents for Asthma: Physician and Payer Perspectives on the Prescribing and Patient Access Landscape in Brazil and Mexico include:

  • Factors restricting patient access to treatment: In Brazil and Mexico, limited reimbursement along with the high cost of currently available agents are the main factors restricting patient access to key treatments for asthma.
  • Usage of generics and biosimilars: Due to the
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