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Approval of Stelara for Psoriatic Arthritis and for Self-Administration is Likely to Help the Drug's Uptake in the Psoriasis Market
Date:12/5/2013

BURLINGTON, Mass., Dec. 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Decision Resources, one of the world's leading research and advisory firms for pharmaceutical and healthcare issues, finds that—following the approval of Janssen Biotech's Stelara for psoriatic arthritis—about one-third of surveyed dermatologists expect to at least modestly increase the prescribing of Stelara as a first-line biologic. In addition, following the FDA's approval of self-administration for Stelara, 26 percent of surveyed dermatologists report that they would at least modestly increase prescribing Stelara as a first-line biologic, suggesting that convenience of self-administration could further increase Stelara's uptake.

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The new U.S. Physician & Payer Forum report entitled Will the Anticipated Approval and Reimbursement of Novel Orals Result in a Major Shift in Biologics Prescribing in Psoriasis? finds that, among available biologics for psoriasis, Stelara currently has the highest level of formulary exclusion and National Drug Code blockage. However, following Stelara's approval for the treatment of psoriatic arthritis and for self-administration, more than half of surveyed Managed Care Organization pharmacy and medical directors who currently cover Stelara predict their plans are likely to move the drug to a preferred tier. Also, among those surveyed payers who do not currently cover Stelara, 83 percent indicate a willingness to start including Stelara on their formulary.

The psoriasis market is also set to incorporate Celgene's apremilast, an oral Phosphodiesterase-4 inhibitor expected to be approved in 2014. The findings reveal that if apremilast is placed on a preferred tier, 72 percent of surveyed dermatolog
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