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Novartis's Serelaxin Has the Potential to Fulfill the Most Pertinent Unmet Needs in Acute Heart Failure by Reducing the Rate of Patient Mortality and the Rate of Worsening Renal Function
Date:7/29/2013

BURLINGTON, Mass., July 29, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --  Decision Resources, one of the world's leading research and advisory firms for pharmaceutical and healthcare issues, finds that, based on clinical trial data and thought leader opinion, Novartis's novel vasodilative therapy serelaxin has the potential to gain acceptance among cardiologists for the treatment of acute heart failure, given that it is predicted to reduce mortality and prevent worsening renal function. While cardiologists are most compelled by drugs that reduce patient mortality, the high price of novel acute heart failure treatments could offset cardiologist receptivity to such agents. Payers also indicate that they would only accommodate such high price premiums in the presence of substantial improvements in efficacy. Cardiorentis's ularitide is similarly predicted to reduce mortality as well as offer other improvements in efficacy and safety compared to current therapies.     

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The DecisionBase 2013 report entitled Acute Heart Failure: Can the Novel Vasodilators Serelaxin and Ularitide Fulfill the Unmet Needs Highlighted by Cardiologists? also finds that U.S. cardiologists regard reductions in acute heart failure hospital readmissions as an equally pressing unmet need to reducing patient mortality. However, none of the current or emerging therapies are expected to address the issue of patient rehospitalization. Although serelaxin was associated with a non-significant increase in rehospitalization in patient trials, this agent still received the highest preference share when compared to ularitide and Scios/Johnson & Johnson's Natrecor in Decision Resources' target product profile simulator.

The findings also reveal that all of the emerging acute heart failure therapies are set to surp
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