However, Growth Will Be Tempered By the Entry of Biosimilar Versions of Rituximab in 2013 in Europe and in 2015 in the U.S., According to Findings 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, driven by the launches of premium-priced therapies, the non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma drug market will more than double over the next decade, increasing from approximately $4 billion in 2009 to $8.4 billion in 2019 in the United States, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the United Kingdom and Japan.
The findings from the Pharmacor topic entitled Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma also reveal that market growth will be tempered by the entry of biosimilar versions of rituximab (Roche/Genentech/Chugai Seiyaku/Zenyaku Kogyo’s Rituxan/MabThera) in 2013 in Europe and in 2015 in the United States. Biosimilar rituximab will be priced lower than branded rituximab and—as a result of the widespread uptake of rituximab across all non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma populations—the entry of biosimilars will cause a significant drop in the sales of branded rituximab.
“Despite the entrance of biosimilars, rituximab will maintain its dominance as the market-leading agent through 2019,” said Decision Resources Director Andrew Merron, Ph.D. “In an attempt to reduce the negative impact of biosimilar erosion on branded rituximab, Roche has developed a novel anti-CD20 antibody—GA-101—and a subcutaneous formulation of rituximab that should help soften the anticipated drop in sales of branded, intravenously delivered rituximab.”
Although little new commercial opportunity remains for rituximab in non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, its sales will increase through 2014 as its uptake continues to grow in the first-line maintenance setting for follicular lymphoma and as a single agent for newly diagnosed asymptomatic follicular lymphoma. Sales of GlaxoSmithKline/Genmab’s Arzerra will also increase as a result of greater use in the wider non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma patient population.
The findings also reveal that Celgene’s Revlimid (an agent already widely used in multiple myeloma) and two novel kinase inhibitors, Pharmacyclics’ PCI-32765 and Calistoga Pharmaceuticals’ CAL-101 are generating excitement amongst key opinion leaders and together will contribute to significant sales growth in the non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma drug market, following their expected launches beginning in 2014.
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