As MarketWatch  and Decision Resources  have it: “…Seventy-Four Percent of Surveyed U.S. Neurologists Indicate They Will Prescribe Biogen Idec’s BG-12 for the Treatment of Relapsing-Remitting Multiple Sclerosis..” We wrote about BG-12 in a recent post . Clearly, the drug had “…high efficacy and reasonable safety profile..”
How does BG-12 work? According to MedicalNewsToday (MNT) , “…BG-12 is the first compound that has been shown to activate a transcription pathway, which previous studies have shown defends against oxidative-stress induced neuronal death, protects the blood-brain barrier, and supports maintenance of myelin integrity in the central nervous system..”
In other words BG-12 compound enhances the body’s normal cellular protection pathways.
74% is an enormous majority. Granted, this is just a survey by Decision Resources. But, according to MarketWatch, a DowJones company, Decision Resources carries some weight.
What would happen then to the other new MS medications?
- Sanofi’s Aubagio,
- Teva/Active Biotech’s oral laquinimod,
- Genzyme/Sanofi/Bayer HealthCare’s intravenous anti-CD52 monoclonal antibody Lemtrada.
According to MarketWatch, the news about Gilenya is not that good: “….about one-third of Gilenya prescribers and one-quarter of payers believe Gilenya’s annual cost is commensurate with its clinical value…”
U.S. Physician & Payer Forum report shows U.S. neurologists prescribing those drugs substantially less frequently than BG-12
Interestingly, Ocrelizumab, which is also a promising drug , is not mentioned in the MarketWatch article.
So, the race for the second generation MS drugs is not over until the prescriptions are actually filled
This competition is actually very good news for the new MS patient.
Talk to your Doctor
 Marketwatch ; “Seventy-Four Percent of Surveyed U.S. Neurologists Indicate They Will Prescribe Biogen Idec’s BG-12 for the Treatment of Relapsing-Remitting Multiple Sclerosis”; Nov. 28, 2011
 Decision Resources ; “Multiple Sclerosis (Event Driven)
 MediNewsDigest ; “…New Drug Classes For Multiple Sclerosis Are Coming: Just In or Clinical Trials..” ; November 3, 2011
 MedicalNewsToday ; “BG-12, Biogen Idec’s Novel Oral Compound Shown To Significantly Reduced Brain Lesions In Patients With Multiple Sclerosis”; 26 Oct 2008