Decision Resources, Inc., one of the world's leading research and advisory firms focusing on pharmaceutical and health care issues, finds that reimbursement is a major challenge for the growth of expensive biologic agents in the rheumatoid arthritis market. According to the new Spectrum report entitled Biologics Battle for Supremacy in the Rheumatoid Arthritis Marketplace, a rheumatoid arthritis patient faces bills between $9000-16,000 for a year's treatment with a biologic agent.

"High prices of biologic agents are driving the rheumatoid arthritis market growth, but these high prices also present significant reimbursement issues," said Melissa Garland, analyst at Decision Resources. "UCB/Celltech's emerging CDP-870 can be manufactured using a proprietary technology in E. coli at a cost much lower than that of other agents. This will give CDP-870 a price advantage."

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