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European Neurologists Expect Significant Increases in the Use of Both Tysabri and Extavia in Their Multiple Sclerosis Patients the Next Six Months, According to a Recent Report From BioTrends
Date:12/21/2010

EXTON, Pa., Dec. 21, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- BioTrends Research Group, Inc. finds that while neurologists in the EU tend to prescribe the established interferon betas as their first line disease modifying agents (DMAs) for the treatment of multiple sclerosis (MS) patients, they are most satisfied with Biogen/Elan's Tysabri. Prescribing of both Tysabri and Novartis's recently launched DMA, Extavia, is anticipated to increase over the next six months with Bayer's Betaferon suffering the most in terms of market share loss. Despite these expected changes, neurologists clearly associate most of the DMAs with a certain MS patient type and their reported prescribing reflects these preference patterns.

The recently released TreatmentTrends®: Multiple Sclerosis in the European Union report finds that neurologists in the U.K. have less clinical experience with many of the DMAs, prescribe DMAs to a smaller percentage of their MS patients, and are detailed less than their counterparts in France, Germany, Italy and Spain. In line with these regional differences, neurologists in the U.K. report relying on different attributes when making their DMA prescribing decisions and identify different unmet needs for DMAs in development compared to neurologists from the other EU regions.

Among the eight therapies in development that were profiled in the research, interest is rated highest for Novartis's Gilenya and Merck Serono's Movectro -- despite the recent nonapproval by the European Medicines Agency for the latter product which Merck has recently appealed. Neurologists in the U.K. again diverge in their reported interest in the DMAs in development with a greater level of enthusiasm for Genzyme/Bayer's alemtuzumab compared to their counterparts in the other EU regions. While familiarity and interest is currently low for Biogen's PEG-Avonex and BG-12, Teva's laquinimod, Sanofi-Aventis's teriflunomide and Abbott/Biogen's daclizumab, for some of these DMAs in de
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