The market for prescription migraine therapies comprises an array of prescription acute and prophylactic treatments and fosters a large and dynamic pipeline. In the acute space, we anticipate the launch of several new brands, including novel triptan and DHE reformulations and promising nontriptan NMEs. Among them are Eli Lilly’s 5-HT1F receptor agonist lasmiditan and two oral calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP) receptor antagonists—Allergan’s ubrogepant and Biohaven’s rimegepant—which together will drive strong growth in the large acute segment. However, it is the launch of four premium-priced anti-CGRP monoloncal antibodies and two oral gepants for episodic and chronic migraine prevention that will be the main driver of multi-billion-dollar sales growth of this market. These drugs follow in the footsteps of Allergan’s Botox (approved for chronic migraine), which has proven the commercial opportunity that new, valued brand alternatives can seize in the otherwise generic prophylaxis segment.
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