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At Six Months Post-Launch, Neurologist-Reported Patient Share for Tecfidera Among Relapsing-Remitting Multiple Sclerosis Patients Already Rivals that of Gilenya
Date:12/10/2013

EXTON, Pa., Dec. 10, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- BioTrends Research Group, one of the world's leading research and advisory firms for specialized biopharmaceutical issues, finds that neurologist-reported patient share for Biogen Idec's Tecfidera, the newest oral disease-modifying therapy (DMT) to reach the multiple sclerosis (MS) market, has increased significantly to seven percent among DMT-treated relapsing-remitting MS (RR-MS) patients, compared with one and three months post-launch. At six months post-launch, Tecfidera's patient share already matches that of Novartis's Gilenya, the first oral DMT (which became commercially available three years ago) and surpasses that of Genzyme's Aubagio, the second oral DMT, which launched one year ago. This growth in Tecfidera's patient share is driven by significant growth in volume per prescriber, reflecting widening adoption within individual practices, as well as significant expansion of the prescriber base (80 percent of surveyed neurologists). Patient origination data show a trend towards fewer patients initiating Tecfidera therapy following a treatment gap of two or more months, suggesting that most patients warehoused in anticipation of Tecfidera's launch have already been switched to the therapy at six months post-launch.

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The recently published LaunchTrends: Tecfidera (Wave 3) US 2013 report finds that one-fifth of Tecfidera-treated patients have experienced flushing and/or gastrointestinal events according to prescribers, significantly fewer than three months ago. This decrease is likely the result of increased physician and patient experience with the product, allowing for better management of potential side effects. However, tolerability issues continue to be the m
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