Decision Resources, Inc., one of the world's leading research and advisory firms focusing on pharmaceutical and health care issues, forecasts that sales for oral topotecan for the treatment of small-cell lung cancer will reach $63 million in 2008 and $103 million in 2013. Although oral topotecan is having an overall positive effect on market growth, it is replacing intravenous(IV) topotecan, one of the major sellers in 2003.
"According to physicians we interviewed, oral topotecan will reap commercial rewards in the second-line setting despite its lack of a significant efficacy improvement over other second-line treatment options, namely IV topotecan," said Mohamed Muhsin, analyst at Decision Resources. "Oral topotecan will fulfill a large clinical unmet need by offering a conveniently administered therapy to those patients who would otherwise opt for best supportive care, either because they reside too far away from the hospital or because they prefer to live their remaining few weeks of life without the burden of hospital-based therapy."
The Challenge for the Small-Cell Lung Cancer Drug Market
Therapy for small-cell lung cancer is characterized by good initial response rates but high relapse rates and poor long-term survival. Prevention of relapse resulting in increased survival remains the greatest area of challenge in this disease.
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