Is Pfizer and Bristol-Myers Squibb's Eliquis really safer than its competitors? A recent analysis of FDA adverse events reports suggested that it is.
What's the safest anticoagulant? According to AdverseEvents, which analyzes and distills data filed with the FDA, that would be Eliquis, the latest entrant into the warfarin alternative market.
Bristol-Myers Squibb's got some pumped-up sales to go along with its slimmed-down focus. In the fourth quarter, revenue increases and decreased costs helped the company beat Wall Street's earnings estimates on the way to zeroing in on its new-look pharma model.
The good news for Daiichi Sankyo: Its new anticoagulant drug matched the old standard-issue drug warfarin at preventing stroke and blood clots. And as far as safety goes, edoxaban beat warfarin by a significant stretch. That's an entree into the warfarin-alternative market, expected to grow to $10 billion over the next several years.
According to an EP Vantage report, analysts' predictions for 2014 sales of the anticoagulant have fallen 60% in the last 12 months. They now stand at $491 million. That is as projections for 2014 sales of Xarelto have surged by 81% and 60% in the respective territories for J&J and Bayer, to $1 billion and $1.4 billion.
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As goes Eliquis, so goes Bristol-Myers Squibb. That's true this quarter anyway, with the company cutting its full-year revenue and earnings forecasts at the same time it announces remarkably weak sales of its new anticoagulant drug.
China has fast become a huge pillar on the global R&D scene, with local CROs like WuXi PharmaTech and ShangPharma cashing in on demand for clinical trials in the country. But, with the FDA chiding a sloppy Chinese trial run by Bristol-Myers Squibb, Pfizer and PPD, regulators and researchers may think twice before accepting data gathered in the country.
The FDA will consider Eliquis for a new indication, one which Pfizer and partner Bristol-Myers Squibb hope can help the blood thinner hit the sales potential analysts predicted for the drug before it was approved.
The allegations could raise more questions about the integrity of drug research in China.