Novartis MS Drug Kesimpta Quick Out Of The Blocks
Strong Challenger To Roche's Ocrevus
Kesimpta is a treatment option for multiple sclerosis patients "that doesn't need compromise, the trade-off between high efficacy and high treatment burden," Novartis neuroscience chief Norman Putzki tells Scrip.
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The company will review a challenging quarter next week when its financials will reveal that certain parts of the business are still feeling the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, its eye drugs in particular.
Fewer patients with multiple sclerosis are switching treatment during the pandemic but despite that, and the arrival of competition from Novartis's Kesimpta, Roche insists Ocrevus growth remains strong.