Deaths hit oral MS drug, Gilenya

Gilenya, or Fingolimod, is the first approved oral disease modifying drug for MS.

Deaths hit oral MS drug, Gilenya

Postby MSUK » Tue Mar 06, 2012 11:42 pm


Novartis AG's Gilenya multiple sclerosis pill lost market share for the first time in January, following the deaths of some patients soon after taking the first pill available for the disease in the United States.

Gilenya's share of the U.S. market for so-called immunomodulatory drugs against MS fell to 6.1 percent from 6.2 percent in December, according to data from Wolters Kluwer NV, a market research company. The decline was the first after 15 months of growth, at a median of 15 percent a month, since the treatment received U.S. regulatory approval in September 2010.

The Food and Drug Administration and the European Medicines Agency are investigating 11 deaths among Gilenya patients. In the past month, analysts have cut their forecasts for peak sales of Gilenya by 10 percent to $2.1 billion in 2016, according to the average of six estimates compiled by Bloomberg....Read More - ... ageid/1309
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