Roche Makes Case For Its Oral SMA Drug Risdiplam As Filings Beckon
Novartis may be turning up the rhetoric in spinal muscular atrophy as its cutting-edge gene therapy Zolgensma approaches a market currently enjoyed solely by Biogen’s Spinraza, but Roche is upbeat about the potential of its investigational oral product, risdiplam, to weigh in.
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Risdiplam’s efficacy across two clinical trials and oral dosing made it a credible threat before its US FDA approval, but its weight-based pricing falls below Biogen’s Spinraza and Novartis’s Zolgensma.
With top-line data showing efficacy in type 1 SMA patients, risdiplam may be able to obtain a label that would address significantly more patients than Novartis’ Zolgensma. Final efficacy data will show how drug’s efficacy compares to Biogen’s Spinraza.
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