Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is an autoimmune disease that can affect different organ systems of the body and manifest in a wide range of clinical symptoms, from general fatigue to serious renal and CNS manifestations. Most drugs used to treat SLE are older, generically available, and off-label. To date, GlaxoSmithKline’s Benlysta—viewed by many physicians as only modestly effective—is the only drug approved for moderate to severe SLE (excluding severe active renal and severe active CNS manifestations). Thus, unmet need remains high in the moderate to severe subpopulation, leaving significant commercial opportunity for novel SLE therapies offering a better efficacy profile than that of Benlysta.
Unmet Need supports clinical development decisions by identifying key attributes and assessing areas of unmet need for a specific disease or subpopulation. Based on surveys with U.S. and European physicians, this report provides insight into key treatment drivers and goals, the performance of current therapies, and the remaining commercial opportunities. One market scenario is profiled in detail by DRG experts, and additional customized market scenarios can be evaluated with the corresponding TPP simulator.
Markets covered: United States, United Kingdom, France, Germany
Primary research: Survey of 61 U.S. and 30 European rheumatologists fielded in December 2019
Key companies: GlaxoSmithKline, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Roche, AstraZeneca, Janssen, Eli Lilly
Key drugs: Benlysta, Rituxan / MabThera, CellCept, hydroxychloroquine, methotrexate, azathioprine