Hyperkalemia Market Hots Up In EU with Okay for AZ's Lokelma
Rival Vifor Pharma has predicted blockbuster status for Veltassa and AstraZeneca expects the same for its just-approved oral potassium-removing agent, hoping that Lokelma's faster onset of action will help it win the fight for market share in hyperkalemia.
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AstraZeneca rounded off a busy 2017 full of R&D highs, but some huge lows, with a full Phase III pipeline that it says shows how far the company has come since Pascal Soriot took the reins in 2012 and spearheaded a renewed focus on science. But will the company become a victim of its own success?
A potential near-blockbuster drug, AstraZeneca’s Lokelma (ZS-9), has received a positive opinion from Europe’s CHMP and, if approved, will soon have to justify best-in-class plaudits and a hefty acquisition price.