Surveyed Neurologists are Eager to Prescribe Gilenya, the First Oral Disease-Modifying Agent for MS, But Say They are Held Back

EXTON, Pa., Dec. 6, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- BioTrends Research Group, Inc. finds that surveyed neurologists indicate that their initial trial of Novartis's Gilenya has been hampered by potential safety / tolerability concerns and monitoring requirements. The majority of surveyed neurologists indicate they are aware of Gilenya and -- even with already high levels of familiarity -- they remain interested in learning more about the product. As the first oral disease-modifying agent (DMA) to be approved by U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of multiple sclerosis (MS), surveyed neurologists identify Gilenya's unique mode of administration and positive efficacy data as its greatest advantages.

The recently released first wave of the LaunchTrends®: Gilenya report series finds that although sales of all DMAs -- Biogen Idec's Avonex and Tysabri, Bayer's Betaseron, Teva's Copaxone and Pfizer's Rebif -- are expected to be impacted by Gilenya to some degree, Gilenya use one month post-launch shows a trend toward specific DMAs taking the brunt of Gilenya's impact. Although Gilenya's current share is relatively low, the projected share trends are favorable as current prescribers anticipate increased use, while the majority of current non-prescribers expect to begin trial of Gilenya within the next six months.

LaunchTrends®: Gilenya is a three wave syndicated report series designed to track the uptake of Novartis's Gilenya at one month, three months and six months following its commercial availability. In the current wave of research, which measures Gilenya's market impact at one month post launch, BioTrends surveyed 77 neurologists and conducted qualitative interviews with a subset of 20 of the respondents in November 2010. BioTrends will continue to track the uptake of Gilenya in the next two waves of the report series, which will be published in February and May of next year.  

About LaunchTrends

LaunchTrends assesses trial and use of new products, obstacles to use, reasons to use, typical patient types, line of therapy, product perceptions, promotional efforts/messages and product satisfaction.

About BioTrends Research Group, Inc.

BioTrends Research Group, Inc. ( provides syndicated and custom market research to pharmaceutical manufacturers competing in clinically evolving, specialty pharmaceutical markets. For information on BioTrends publications and research capabilities, please contact us at (610) 363-3872 or

About Decision Resources, Inc.

Decision Resources, Inc. is a cohesive portfolio of companies that offers best-in-class, high-value information and insights on important sectors of the healthcare industry. Clients rely on this analysis and data to make informed decisions. Please visit Decision Resources, Inc. at

All company, brand, or product names contained in this document may be trademarks of their respective holders.

For more information, contact:

BioTrends Research Group, Inc.

Decision Resources, Inc.

Sharon Funk

Christopher Comfort



[email protected]    

[email protected]

SOURCE BioTrends Research Group, Inc.