GlaxoSmithKline/Theravance's Anoro Ellipta is Most Likely to Replace
Boehringer Ingelheim's Spiriva Among COPD Patients, According to U.S.
Sales of the LABA/LAMA Combination Drug Class are Expected to Grow
Significantly Over the Next Six Months, According to Findings from Decision
BURLINGTON, Mass., Aug. 26, 2014
BURLINGTON, Mass., Aug. 26, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Decision Resources Group
finds that two-thirds of surveyed pulmonologists indicate that Boehringer
Ingelheim's Spiriva is the agent most likely to be replaced by
GlaxoSmithKline/Theravance's first-in-class LABA/LAMA combination Anoro
Ellipta. To date, surveyed physicians reported that, of the Anoro Ellipta
patients who were switched from another COPD agent, two-thirds were switched
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Other key findings from the report entitled LaunchTrends Anoro Ellipta (Wave
oUse of LABA/LAMAs to triple: Pulmonologists expect their use of the
LABA/LAMA drug class to nearly triple in the next six months.
oReplacing Spiriva with Anoro Ellipta: The fact that a majority of
physicians plan to use this drug class as a second-line agent explains why
many pulmonologists anticipate replacing Spiriva with Anoro Ellipta.
Spiriva is a LAMA which constitutes only one portion of Anoro Ellipta's
oAnoro Ellipta's main benefit: Almost half of pulmonologists indicated that
the main benefit of Anoro Ellipta is that it is the first LABA/LAMA
combination drug approved in the United States.
oAnoro Ellipta's greatest disadvantage: Cost is believed to be the single
greatest disadvantage of Anoro Ellipta, according to nearly one-quarter of
Comments from Decision Resources Group Analyst Jen Dolga:
o"Although cost is cited as the greatest disadvantage of Anoro Ellipta in
Wave 1 of this study, it is possible that when physicians become more
familiar with the combination inhaler and take into consideration the fact
that patients are only paying one fee for the combination inhaler rather
than paying for a LABA and a LAMA separately, we may see a decline in the
percentage of pulmonologists who list cost as the ultimate drawback."
o"It will be interesting to see how much patient share is taken over by
this new combination inhaler over the next few months. Even more
fascinating will be watching how rapidly the COPD market changes as other
LABA/LAMA combination drugs in development become approved."
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