Novartis' Cosentyx Goes Head-To-Head With Humira
With the initiation of EXCEED and SURPASS, Novartis is aiming to challenge Humira’s status as the preferred first-line biologic for ankylosing spondylitis and psoriatic arthritis.
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The spotlight was on anti-interleukin drugs at the Madrid meeting last week, especially their role in advancing the treatment of psoriatic arthritis.
Lilly reported positive results for Taltz in a second Phase III study in ankylosing spondylitis and plans to file for FDA approval this year, which would give the IL-17A inhibitor a label similar to its rival Cosentyx, for which Novartis is working hard to build, maintain and grow market share.
The Swiss major has calmed investor fears over the growth trajectory of Cosentyx, maintaining that its move into first-line therapy in ankylosing spondylitis and psoriatic arthritis, as well as psoriasis, will continue to drive sales.