In April 2017, Truxima (rituximab), Celltrion’s biosimilar of Roche’s MabThera, became the first oncology monoclonal antibody (MAb) biosimilar to enter the European market. In this series, we track German physicians’ awareness of Truxima and its uptake since its launch to understand how its entry will impact the non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (NHL), chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), and the increasingly competitive immune biologics market. Along with physicians’ awareness of, familiarity with, and perceptions of biosimilars in general and of Truxima specifically, we explore the drivers of and barriers to the uptake of biosimilars/Truxima. We examine promotional efforts, as well as prescriber and nonprescriber profiles, and compare Truxima with other available biosimilars, to better understand the dynamics of the German biosimilars market.

Questions Answered

  • Are German physicians aware of Truxima and its clinical development?
  • What are the drivers to prescribing Truxima? What is the current level of Truxima use, and how is it changing over time?
  • Has experience with Truxima changed physicians’ opinions of biosimilars?
  • Have physicians experienced pressure to prescribe Truxima to patients?
  • What promotional messages are sales representatives using to sell Truxima and MabThera?

Table of contents

  • Biosimilars - Emerging Biosimilars - Oncology & Immunology: Truxima Launch Tracking (Germany) Wave 1

Author(s): Amy Duval, M Res

Amy Duval M.Res., is a director in the oncology and biosimilars team at Decision Resources Group. Ms. Duval manages a team of analysts responsible for market research across oncology indications, and also provides client support across Decision Resources Group oncology products.

Previously, Ms. Duval was a principal analyst in the oncology group, where she developed in-depth expertise in breast and ovarian cancer. Ms. Duval has worked on multiple oncology indications, including malignant melanoma, renal cell carcinoma, and lung cancer, and has worked on topics in both the major and emerging pharmaceutical markets. Ms. Duval earned her B.Sc. in natural sciences and M.Res. in molecular and cellular biology from the University of Birmingham, where she conducted research into the epigenetics of leukemia.

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