BURLINGTON, Mass., July 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Decision Resources Group finds that, for the treatment of asthma, pulmonologists in the EU5 countries (France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom) hold a generally positive view of the first once-daily long-acting beta2 agonist/inhaled corticosteroid (LABA/ICS) fixed-dose combination (FDC), Relvar (GlaxoSmithKline/Theravance). EU5 pulmonologists expect robust uptake of Relvar as a first-line LABA/ICS FDC in the treatment of asthma with one-quarter to half of surveyed pulmonologists considering the drug as a first-line maintenance therapy for treatment-naive persistent asthma patients. However, interviewed payers across EU5 countries caution that in order for Relvar to secure premium pricing, superior efficacy data over Seretide (GlaxoSmithKline) would be required. Thus, despite its lower dosing frequency, the existing noninferiority data for Relvar will most likely drive an equivalent price to that of currently available twice-daily LABA/ICS FDCs.
Other key findings from the European Physician and Payer Forum report entitled Asthma in the EU5: What Are the Expectations for Optimal Positioning of New and Emerging Inhaled and Biological Therapies in Market Access Systems?:
Comments from Decision Resources Group Analyst Eun-Jin Yang, Ph.D.:
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