Can UCB's Bimekizumab Go From Last To First In Psoriasis?
Skin Clearance Data Tops Rivals
Although it is playing catching up on well-established rivals, especially Novartis's Cosentyx, the Belgian company believes that bimekizumab provides both a fast and durable response for psoriasis patients, driven by impressive PASI 100 rates.
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The Belgian group’s US launch of Bimzelx could be delayed by up to a year after the FDA hit UCB with a complete response letter which states that "certain pre-approval inspection observations must be resolved” before the drug can get the green light for psoriasis.
The Brussels-based company's head of immunology has told Scrip that going into a crowded market against several highly effective biologics across different classes holds no fears for UCB despite some concerns that US prescribers will stick to what they know when it comes to psoriasis therapies.
The psoriasis market is a tough one for bimekizumab to crack but UCB head of immunology Emmanuel Caeymaex believes the clinical package and investment in promotion will see the IL-17A and IL-17F inhibitor topple its rivals.