Decision Resources, one of the world's leading research and advisory firms for pharmaceutical and healthcare issues, finds that surveyed rheumatologists say that a therapy's effect on reducing the signs and symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis at one year is the attribute that most influences their prescribing decisions in treating the disease. Clinical data and the opinions of interviewed thought leaders indicate that current and emerging therapies have no advantage in this attribute over Amgen/Wyeth/Takeda's Enbrel (etanercept), the market sales-leading agent.

The new report entitled Rheumatoid Arthritis: A Novel Oral Therapy Must Satisfy Physicians' High Expectations for Efficacy to Tap Significant Market Opportunity finds that an oral disease-modifying drug with a novel mechanism of action that is priced 20 percent lower than etanercept plus methotrexate would earn a 25 percent patient share in the United States and a 20 percent patient share in Europe, according to surveyed U.S. and European rheumatologists.

Decision Resources' proprietary clinical gold standard in 2008 for rheumatoid arthritis was Enbrel, most notably because of its superior efficacy in inhibiting/slowing structural damage progression at one and two years compared with other agents in the market. Following its approval for the indication, which is likely to occur in 2010, Centocor/Schering-Plough/Mitsubishi Tanabe/Janssen's Simponi (golimumab) will earn Decision Resources' gold standard for rheumatoid arthritis in 2012. Although Simponi's overall efficacy, safety and tolerability do not match that of Enbrel, its advantages in delivery differentiate it from Enbrel.

"Simponi ranks higher than Enbrel on the measures of dosage formulation and dosage frequency," said Decision Resources Analyst Dancella Fernandes, Ph.D. "Simponi offers an alternative formulation and once-monthly dosing compared with Enbrel's once- to twice-weekly dosing. By differentiating itself with improved delivery features, Simponi separates itself in a market crowded with drugs boasting similar efficacy and safety profiles."

About the Report

Rheumatoid Arthritis: A Novel Oral Therapy Must Satisfy Physicians' High Expectations for Efficacy to Tap Significant Market Opportunity is a DecisionBase 2009 report. DecisionBase 2009 is a decision-support tool that provides in-depth analysis of unmet need, physician expectations of new therapies and commercial dynamics to help pharmaceutical companies optimize their investments in drug development.

The report can be purchased by contacting Decision Resources. Members of the media may request an interview with an analyst.

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