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Thursday, July 15, 2010

How much does your neurologist know of 'soon coming' oral MS therapies such as Gilenia (FTY720)?

Surveyed Neurologists' Awareness of Merck Serono/EMD Serono's Oral Cladribine is Double that of Novartis/Mitsubishi Tanabe's FTY-720 (Gilenia)


Posted on: Thursday, 15 July 2010, 07:00 CDT

WALTHAM, Mass., July 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Decision Resources, one of the world's leading research and advisory firms for pharmaceutical and healthcare issues, finds that surveyed neurologists have low awareness of Novartis/Mitsubishi Tanabe's FTY-720 (Gilenia) among the surveyed oral emerging therapies for the treatment of multiple sclerosis (MS). According to the new report,Brand Perception Series: Physician Segmentation in Multiple Sclerosisjust over one-third of surveyed physicians have heard of FTY-720 (Gilenia) compared with three-quarters of surveyed physicians who are aware of Merck Serono/EMD Serono's oral cladribine and half of surveyed physicians who are aware of Teva/Active Biotech's laquinimod.



The majority of surveyed physicians indicate that they will use the surveyed emerging oral agents in relapse/remitting MS patients who have failed therapy with interferon-betas and Teva's Copaxone. Only a small percentage (10 percent or less) will use the surveyed emerging oral agents in treatment-naive patients. Surveyed physicians report they will most likely prescribe these emerging oral agents for patients who cannot tolerate the side effects of their current therapy or who are unwilling to risk the side effects of Biogen Idec/Elan's Tysabri.

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Makes me wonder how much general neurologists really know of the current ms therapies...


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