AbbVie Ready To Leverage Migraine Franchise In Crowded Market
Qulipta Adds Indication Not Covered By Botox, Ubrelvy
The US FDA approved the oral CGRP inhibitor Qulipta (atogepant) for migraine prevention, making AbbVie the only company with three drugs for three different migraine indications.
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Pfizer’s $11.6bn acquisition of the company brings it full rights to the oral migraine drug Nurtec ODT and nasal spray zevegepant, with aims to build a $6bn migraine franchise.
The drug could see a competitive edge over other anti-CGRP agents with new chronic migraine data plus convenience as an oral drug and potential for combination with Botox.