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The Majority of Surveyed Gastroenterologists in the EU5 Identify Remicade as Their Most Preferred Biologic for the Treatment of Ulcerative Colitis
Date:5/2/2013

EXTON, Pa., May 2, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- BioTrends Research Group, one of the world's leading research and advisory firms for specialized biopharmaceutical issues, finds that Janssen/Merck/Mitsubishi Tanabe's Remicade is the market leader for the treatment of ulcerative colitis in the EU5 (France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom), following the approval of its first biologic competitor—another TNF-alpha inhibitor—AbbVie/Eisai's Humira. According to the results of a survey conducted nearly one year after the European approval of Humira for ulcerative colitis, 69 percent of gastroenterologists pointed to Remicade as their most preferred biologic, while 27 percent of respondents indicated Humira.

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The TreatmentTrends®: Ulcerative Colitis (EU) report finds that Remicade also leads over Humira in patient share estimates across the major European markets. While the new TNF-alpha inhibitor may not trail far behind Remicade in countries such as the United Kingdom and Germany, gastroenterologists from Italy and France provide estimates half those of Remicade. In addition to the relatively recent approval of Humira, physician perception of Humira's efficacy appears to be a factor limiting uptake as nearly one-third of European gastroenterologists noted its efficacy relative to Remicade as a disadvantage, but less than ten percent stated that its relative efficacy was an advantage. These findings may also explain Remicade's higher patient share co
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