Systemic Lupus Erythematosus | Pharmacor | G7 | 2015

Last updated 30 November 2015
Historically, developers of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) drugs faced formidable challenges: drug development for a complex, multifaceted, poorly understood disease; regulatory hurdles; a small but heterogeneous population; and a multiplicity of manifestations. Recent positive clinical trial results and the regulatory approval of belimumab (GlaxoSmithKline’s Benlysta)—the first new agent in 50 years—have lowered some development hurdles, and a growing list of emerging agents has ushered in a new era of SLE drug development. We forecast that sales of SLE therapies will increase approximately 2.5-fold during our 2014-2024 forecast period, driven largely by the entry and uptake of premium-priced biologics.

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