Humira and Simponi Have Been Prescribed By Significantly More U.S. Gastroenterologists in 2013 than in 2012, Likely Owing to Their Recent Approvals for Ulcerative Colitis

Compared with 2012, in Certain Ulcerative Colitis Disease Severities, Remicade Usage Has Decreased Significantly, According to a New Report from BioTrends Research Group

Oct 23, 2013, 09:00 ET from BioTrends Research Group

EXTON, Pa., Oct. 23, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- BioTrends Research Group, one of the world's leading research and advisory firms for specialized biopharmaceutical issues, finds that although the patient share for Janssen's Simponi is low, gastroenterologists report a significant increase in use amongst their moderate and severe ulcerative colitis (UC) patients. Since 2012, there has also been a significant increase in use of AbbVie's Humira for maintenance of patients in remission, and use of Janssen's Remicade has significantly dropped for severe UC patients.

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The TreatmentTrends® Ulcerative Colitis (US) 2013  report finds that gastroenterologists continue to agree that there is an unmet need for new biologic and nonbiologic agents for the treatment of UC. Compared to 2012, their level of agreement on this unmet need is not as strong, and this is likely due to the fact that Humira and Simponi are newly approved since last year and are prescribed by significantly more gastroenterologists in 2013. When surveyed gastroenterologists were asked to rate attributes associated with available therapies for UC, Humira performs slightly better than Remicade on the top three attributes chosen by gastroenterologists.

"The approval of Humira and Simponi for the treatment of UC seems to have somewhat satisfied the unmet need of new therapies for UC," said BioTrends Senior Data Analyst Jen Dolga.  "However, it is important to note that regardless of the fact that Remicade's use has decreased significantly over the past year for severe UC patients, it currently continues to hold more biologic patient share than any other biologic agent."

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