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Driven by Sales of Enbrel, Remicade and Humira, spondyloarthropathies Drug Market Grew to Nearly $2 Billion in 2008
Date:4/30/2009

Newly Approved Simponi is Expected to Achieve Strong Uptake in this Niche Market, According to a New Report from Decision Resources

WALTHAM, Mass., April 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Decision Resources, one of the world's leading research and advisory firms for pharmaceutical and healthcare issues, finds that the availability of Amgen/Wyeth/Takeda's Enbrel, Centocor/Schering-Plough/Mitsubishi Tanabe's Remicade, and Abbott/Eisai's Humira has driven dramatic growth in the spondyloarthropathy (SpA) market, which reached nearly $2 billion in 2008 in the United States, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and United Kingdom. These agents have revolutionized the treatment of niche immune diseases known as the seronegative SpAs - ankylosing spondylitis, psoriatic arthritis, and reactive arthritis - and ushered in a period of strong sales growth in these markets.

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 Jennifer Moniz Carpenter, M.B.A. "However the success of the TNF-alpha inhibitors has reduced the level of perceived need in these markets, and in order to be successful in this space, other companies dev
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