Symbicort is Gaining Share of Recently Treated COPD Patients at the Expense of Advair

Decision Resources Unveils New Online Platform for Its Treatment Algorithms Service

BURLINGTON, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Decision Resources, one of the world’s leading research and advisory firms focusing on pharmaceutical and healthcare issues, finds that patient share of AstraZeneca’s Symbicort in recently treated chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients increased by nearly 20 percent over 2010. Over the same time period, patient share of competing long-acting beta2 agonist/inhaled corticosteroid (LABA/ICS) combination agent GlaxoSmithKline’s Advair grew only two percent, suggesting that Symbicort has been gaining use at the expense of Advair, the COPD market sales leader.

According to Treatment Algorithms in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, historical analysis of U.S. patient-level claims data from newly diagnosed COPD patients found that Advair’s patient share did not notably change while Symbicort’s demonstrated a steady uptake over the study period. Symbicort’s approval for COPD in February 2009 marked the arrival of the first-in-class competitor for Advair.

“A small minority of migrations that progress from another therapy to Symbicort in the fourth quarter of 2010 were movements to Symbicort from Advair, suggesting that physicians are willing to use Symbicort in place of Advair rather than reserving it primarily for patients previously treated with Advair,” said Decision Resources Therapeutic Area Director Madhuri Borde, Ph.D. “Symbicort’s first-line patient share is still less than one-third that of Advair, but its uptake over our study period indicates that it is gaining a foothold in the COPD treatment algorithm.”

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The analysis is part of Decision Resources’ enhanced Treatment Algorithms Insight series, which features a new online platform. Interactive, user-friendly and with more graphical data views, the new platform enables users to easily toggle between diseases and time cohorts, which ultimately allows for more in-depth analysis on each line of therapy. Treatment Algorithms analysis is now updated quarterly to provide ongoing trending of product utilization by line of therapy and new therapy initiations. Through examination of U.S. patient-level claims data, Decision Resources’ Treatment Algorithms Insight series provides exceptional insight into physicians’ prescribing trends, from diagnosis through multiple courses of treatment, for a specific disease.

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