Decision Resources, one of the world's leading research and advisory firms for pharmaceutical and healthcare issues, finds that extensive generic erosion, particularly in the first-line topical corticosteroids and adjunctive therapy antihistamine drug classes, coupled with a lack of innovative emerging therapies, will constrain the atopic dermatitis drug market over the next decade in the United States, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the United Kingdom and Japan.

The new Pharmacor report entitled Atopic Dermatitis finds that generic erosion of antihistamines will cause drug sales in this class to plunge by 61 percent from 2007 to 2017. Antihistamines, along with topical calcineurin inhibitors and topical corticosteroids, dominate the atopic dermatitis drug market, accounting for 96 percent of major market sales in 2007. Topical calcineurin inhibitors -- Novartis's Elidel and Astellas's Protopic -- and topical corticosteroids are the primary treatment options used to treat the chronic skin disorder.

The report finds that the generic erosion of all major drug classes in atopic dermatitis and the dearth of effective emerging agents will cause the market to decline from $706.5 million in 2007 to just over $552 million in 2017.

"While most interviewed physicians indicate they are satisfied with the availability and cost of topical therapy for acute treatment, they continue to seek an effective systemic agent for maintenance therapy of this chronic disorder," said Greg Dwyer, analyst at Decision Resources. "There are currently no drugs in development that address this unmet need."

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