UCB's Bimzelx Close To Challenging Major Psoriasis Players
Recommended For EU Approval
With the drug demonstrating superiority over approved psoriasis therapies such as Cosentyx, Stelara and Humira in clinical trials, UCB's bimekizumab will shortly compete against these well-entrenched rivals on the European market, following a thumbs-up from the CHMP.
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The Belgian group is the latest to be hit by the FDA's difficulties in address the growing backlog of facility inspections, leaving bimekizumab in limbo in the US, despite having just been approved as Bimzelx in Europe.
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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