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For Atrial Fibrillation, Surveyed Experts Indicate That Multaq, Celivarone and ATI-2042 Have Advantages Over Propafenone in the Maintenance of Normal Sinus Rhythm
Date:4/21/2009

Multaq Will Earn Decision Resources' Clinical Gold Standard Status for Atrial Fibrillation in 2012, According to a New Report from Decision Resources

WALTHAM, Mass., April 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Decision Resources, one of the world's leading research and advisory firms for pharmaceutical and healthcare issues, finds that surveyed cardiologists identify a therapy's effect on mortality as the attribute that most influences their prescribing decisions in maintenance of normal sinus rhythm in atrial fibrillation. Clinical data and the opinions of interviewed thought leaders indicate that Sanofi-Aventis's Multaq and celivarone, and Aryx Therapeutics' ATI-2042 have advantages in this attribute over propafenone (GlaxoSmithKline/Abbott's Rythmol/Rythmonorm, generics), the sales-leading antiarrhythmic agent in the market.

The new report entitled Atrial Fibrillation: Opportunity Awaits Antiarrhythmics with Improved Safety and Anticoagulants Without Routine Monitoring also finds that an anticoagulant for the prevention of stroke in atrial fibrillation that does not require routine monitoring would earn a 53 percent patient share in the United States and a 55 percent patient share in Europe, according to surveyed U.S. and European cardiologists.

In 2008, Decision Resources' proprietary clinical gold standard for the maintenance of normal sinus rhythm in atrial fibrillation was amiodarone (Sanofi-Aventis/Wyeth's Cordarone, generics). Based on available data and expert opinion, Multaq will earn gold standard status for maintenance of normal sinus rhythm in atrial fibrillation in 2012, following its approval for the indication in 2009. Additionally, following its approval in 2014, ATI-2042 will earn gold-standard status for the indication in 2017.

"Multaq and ATI-2042 have competitive advantages over other emerging therapies because they have been designed to have efficacy similar to that of amiodarone
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