Decision Resources, one of the world's leading research and advisory firms for pharmaceutical and healthcare issues, finds that surveyed oncologists identify a therapy's effect on overall survival as the attribute that most influences their prescribing decisions in stage III prostate cancer. Clinical data and the opinions of interviewed thought leaders indicate that Sanofi-Aventis's Taxotere has advantages in this attribute over LHRH agonists, including Abbott's Lupron Depot, the sales-leading agent in the market.

The new report entitled Stage III Prostate Cancer: Oncologists Ready for New Type of Therapy finds that a drug that improves five-year disease-specific survival would earn a 50 percent patient share in stage III prostate cancer in the United States and a 40 percent patient share in Europe, according to surveyed U.S. and European oncologists.

In 2007, Decision Resources' proprietary clinical gold standard for stage III prostate cancer was Lupron Depot. Based on available data and expert opinion, Ferring Pharmaceuticals' degarelix will earn gold-standard status for stage III prostate cancer in 2012. Interviewed experts anticipate that degarelix, which has competitive advantages and has shown impressive Phase III clinical trial data, will be more effective than Lupron Depot.

"Interviewed experts are optimistic about the efficacy of some emerging agents in this market, most notably degarelix and Taxotere," said Decision Resources Analyst Natalia Reoutova. "In terms of improvements to survival, Taxotere, which has been approved for use in metastatic hormone-refractory prostate cancer, remains the most promising therapy for stage III prostate cancer and some interviewed physicians are already using it off-label."

About the Report

Stage III Prostate Cancer: Oncologists Ready for New Type of Therapy 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.

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