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Amgen/Roche Strategic ESA Partnership + The Imminent Threat of Pfizer’s ESA Biosimilar: Who Will Win in the US?

Epoetin alfa and follow-on generation agents are collectively known as erythropoietin stimulating agents (ESAs), and for many years, these agents have been the standard of care to treat the anemia that occurs in most patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD).

Amgen has dominated the ESA market for well over two decades with blockbuster drugs like Epogen and Aranesp, and the company has successfully fended off competition from other ESA branded products through strategic collaborations in the United States. Further, in 2017, Amgen and Roche/Vifor pharma extended their strategic partnerships with DaVita and Fresenius Medical Center (FMC) dialysis chains, respectively, and these partnerships will continue to be the key factor for maintaining a significant share in the renal anemia market in the coming years. The recent approval of Pfizer’s Retacrit, the first epoetin alfa biosimilar approved in the United States, and Pfizer’s licensing agreement with Vifor pharma prior to approval to commercialize this agent in the U.S. dialysis market highlight the importance of collaborations in the nephrology market.

In this executive briefing we explore key strategic collaborations, including brand defense and biosimilar strategies, and the impact of these partnerships in the renal anemia market.

Download this executive briefing to better understand:

  • The current and future positioning of ESAs in the dialysis and non-dialysis markets
  • Can Amgen’s and Roche’s ESA brand defense strategies successfully defend against Pfizer’s ESA biosimilar in the United States?
  • Is the joint venture between Vifor pharma and FMC gaining enough traction to become the leading care provider in renal disorders?
  • Key strategic company partnerships will help to secure a healthy share in the renal anemia market in the future.

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