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Two new products for the treatment of hemophilia B, CSL Behring's Idelvion and Sobi/Biogen's Alprolix, will compete intensely for market share following their expected European approvals in April 2016, according to an analyst with research and consulting firm GlobalData.
While Idelvion had a three-month head-start over Alprolix in the European Medicines Agency's review process, Alprolix managed to catch up and obtained a recommendation from the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use at the same time as Idelvion.
Dr Fenix Leung, GlobalData's Senior Analyst covering Oncology and Hematology, states that as the efficacy and safety of both Idelvion and Alprolix are considered to be very similar according to key opinion leaders interviewed by GlobalData, the time to market will be a key differentiator in determining the success of a drug in the hemophilia B market.
Dr Leung comments: "It is currently unclear whether Sobi or CSL Behring will manage to launch their respective long-acting recombinant Factor IX treatments first, as both drugs are expected to gain marketing approval at the same time.
"Sobi's advantages lie in the fact that Alprolix is already approved outside of the EU, and Biogen has manufacturing facilities in place to produce the drug and transport it to the EU, where Sobi will be responsible for the drug's packaging and distribution.