Ilumya Becomes Sun's New Branded Specialty Drug Pillar
FDA approved Ilumya for moderate to severe plaque psoriasis, furthering the competitive dynamics in the crowded psoriasis market, and establishing the biologic as a major pillar of Sun's new branded specialty drug business.
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Sun says that it is "excited" with Ilumya’ s initial launch uptake in the crowded US psoriasis segment, but is pushing ahead with "speedy execution" of plans for the product before the potential arrival of new rivals such as AbbVie’s same-class therapy risankizumab.
Almirall's Ilumetri, licensed from Sun Pharma, has been cleared by the European Commission, upping the competition quotient in the psoriasis market and pitting the product directly against Johnson & Johnson's Tremfya.
The company's first set of Phase II data for its oral, selective TYK2 inhibitor in psoriasis showed a consistent dose response as well as safety that could rival the related JAK inhibitor class. BMS-986165 already is in Phase III for psoriasis; it's in Phase II for lupus and Crohn's disease.