Gilead/Kite Pricing For Yescarta Undercuts Novartis's CAR-T Kymriah
Gilead's newly acquired CAR-T therapy Yescarta, developed by Kite Pharma, won FDA approval for certain B cell lymphomas on Oct. 18 and the company set its price $102,000 below Novartis's competing therapy Kymriah, which was approved in a small pediatric leukemia indication.
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New indication for second-line-plus acute lymphoblastic leukemia means Tecartus will compete with Novartis’s Kymriah, although the Gilead/Kite product is approved for older patient base.
Shaw cites manufacturing speed and success as competitive edges. The Gilead subsidiary unveiled data at ASCO positioning Tecartus, its second CAR-T therapy, to add B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia to label.
Novartis will present data from the pivotal Phase II ELARA trial of the CAR-T therapy in relapsed/refractory follicular lymphoma at ASCO.