Novartis is dealing with more regulatory pushback on its MS med Gilenya as the agency said it will update Gilenya's label to reflect cases of serious brain infections linked to the pill.
Pfizer is still king of the CNS hill, bringing in sales that top its Big Pharma rivals. But the company could soon face some competition at the top, as Biogen moves in with promising sales for its multiple sclerosis drugs, according to a report from GlobalData prepared for PMLiVE.
Novartis is looking to expand sales of oral multiple sclerosis therapy Gilenya, which currently trails Biogen Idec pill Tecfidera in the MS arena despite its first-to-market advantage. But it looks like it won't be doing that with a primary progressive MS indication anytime soon.
Novartis' multiple sclerosis drug Gilenya may be able to mitigate a painful side effect of chemotherapy in cancer patients, according to a new preclinical study.
Fresh off winning European backing for broader use--which could prompt more multiple sclerosis patients to switch--Gilenya's ability to protect patients' brains is at center stage at this week's American Academy of Neurology meeting.
The day after showing that two of their respective therapies provided better results with earlier treatments, the companies followed up with analyses of safety and brain volume loss for their oral drugs, both of which have already gained significant market share in treating the disease.
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Novartis' Gilenya, which a consumer watchdog group last year pegged with safety concerns, is again being called into question after a patient taking the MS drug developed a rare brain infection.
Scientists believe a drug approved to treat multiple sclerosis may also be able to help prevent an unrelated medical condition--heart failure.
Novartis is up against another marketing investigation. A U.S. Attorney's Office in New York has demanded documents and information about its Gilenya promotions, adding to a list of other government probes.