Biohaven’s Nurtec May Be First Migraine Drug For Acute Treatment And Prevention
Approved in February as an on-demand remedy, Nurtec will be filed for migraine prevention after success in Phase III. It could be the first oral preventive therapy and first dual purpose migraine drug.
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As the only oral CGRP migraine therapy approved for both prevention and acute therapy, Nurtec has taken significant US market share. Biohaven will call on Pfizer’s expertise and contacts to repeat that success abroad.
The firm’s acute migraine treatment Nurtec ODT generated $65m in 2020 after launching a year ago. Biohaven aims for Nurtec to become the leader in what could be a $4bn-$5bn category in the US.
The market for novel preventive and acute treatments grew from three anti-CGRP antibodies at the start of 2020 to four biologics and two oral drugs against CGRP plus a small molecule 5-HT1F inhibitor.