Uterine fibroids are characterized by heavy menstrual bleeding (menorrhagia), pelvic pressure due to increased uterine bulk, abdominal and back pain, and fertility issues. Disease management may include procedures for fibroid removal (e.g., laparoscopic, myomectomy, hysterectomy) or pharmacological approaches to manage more-disruptive symptoms like menorrhagia (e.g., hormonal contraceptives like progestin-only birth control pills). Owing to reproductive concerns, some patients avoid procedures and rely solely on pharmacological options. Although these pharmacotherapies are effective in reducing menorrhagia, they fail to reduce fibroid tumor volume or resolve bulk symptoms. Over the next ten years, we expect that the launch of several gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) antagonists, including Myovant/Takeda’s relugolix, ObsEva/Kissei’s linzagolix, and AbbVie’s elagolix, will offer a new class of therapies for the long-term management of uterine fibroids.
Market covered: United States, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and United Kingdom.
Primary research: Six country-specific interviews with thought-leading gynecologists specializing in uterine fibroids and supported by survey data collected for this study.
Epidemiology: Total prevalent, diagnosed prevalent, and drug-treated cases of uterine fibroids by country.
Market forecast: Drug-level sales and patient share of key uterine fibroids therapies in 2028.
Emerging therapies: Phase III/PR: 3; Phase II: 1; coverage of select preclinical and Phase I products.
Key companies: Allergan, Gedeon Richter, Bayer HealthCare, AbbVie, Myovant, ObsEva.
Key drugs: Ulipristal, telapristone, vilaprisan, elagolix, relugolix, linzagolix.