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Interviewed South Korean Payers Expect Victoza and Bydureon To Be Reimbursed Under National Health Insurance, According to a New Report from Decision Resources

BURLINGTON, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Decision Resources, one of the world’s leading research and advisory firms for pharmaceutical and healthcare issues, finds that in both China and South Korea, the vast majority of surveyed physicians indicate a need for GLP-1 analogues other than Amylin/Eli Lilly’s Byetta and by the end of 2013, Byetta will lose patient share to later-launched GLP-1 analogues in both countries.

Decision Resources’ new Emerging Markets Physician & Payer Forum report entitled Physician and Payer Perspectives on the Market for Injectable Antidiabetics in China and South Korea finds that surveyed Chinese endocrinologists who expect to prescribe GLP-1 analogues over the next two years estimate that more than half of their patients will receive Novo Nordisk’s Victoza. This anticipated favored status in China will be driven by Victoza’s improved clinical efficacy and once daily dosing schedule.

Byetta, the first GLP-1 analogue to launch in China, became available before the 2009 National Reimbursement Drug List (NRDL) published, but was too late for inclusion. Byetta has, however, been added to the Provincial Reimbursement Drug Lists of nine provinces in 2010. Reimbursement of Byetta in selected provinces provides essential data to help the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security assess the feasibility of Byetta’s inclusion on the NRDL.

“Interviewed payers report that the health insurance fund is under increasing pressure, and express concern that reimbursement of costly GLP-1 analogues would pose substantial financial burden,” said Decision Resources Analyst Jing Wu. “However, in light of the NRDL inclusion of pegylated interferons for hepatitis C virus, we expect Byetta and Victoza to achieve inclusion in the 2013 version of the NRDL, albeit with severe restrictions on eligibility for reimbursement.”

The report also finds that interviewed South Korean payers expect Victoza and Amylin/Eli Lilly/Alkermes’s Bydureon to be reimbursed under the National Health Insurance. However, premium pricing and injectable delivery are the biggest hurdles these agents must overcome if South Korean uptake of the GLP-1 analogues is to increase.

About Emerging Markets Physician & Payer Forum

Emerging Markets Physician & Payer Forum is the industry’s only syndicated primary market research product that includes insights from both physicians and payers to get a true sense of how both parties shape key emerging markets. Emerging Markets Physician & Payer Forum offers analysis of China, South Korea, Brazil and Mexico. Emerging Markets Physician & Payer Forum enables drug developers to understand how payer policy actually impacts prescribing practices in the real world. By drawing on insights from physicians and payers, Emerging Markets Physician & Payer Forum pinpoints key market access levers and barriers that highlight what will drive and/or restrict a brand’s performance, so that drug developers can invest in the most appropriate market access solutions.

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