Novartis’s Beovu Launch Clouded By Safety Worries
Beovu Uncertainty Should Benefit Regeneron’s Eylea
New safety concerns over Novartis's anti-VEGF eye injection drug will likely cut its uptake and reduce its competitive threat to Bayer and Regeneron's VEGF inhibitor Eylea.
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Expanded indications will be key for Novartis's Beovu and a successful diabetic macular edema trial has provided a fillip, a week after the wet AMD-approved drug posted a 44% slump in sales.
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