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Bayer's eye drug Eylea approved in Europe

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Source: PMLiVE

Bayer's eye drug Eylea approved in Europe

Will compete with Novartis' Lucentis in wet AMD

The European Commission has approved Bayer's Eylea (aflibercept) to treat neovascular wet age-related macular degeneration (AMD), the leading cause of acquired blindness.

Bayer has blockbuster ambitions for the drug, whose sales are predicted to eventually exceed $1.1bn, and this new approval sets Eylea up to compete with Novartis' Lucentis (ranibizumab) in wet AMD in Europe.

One of Eylea's key selling points will be its less frequent dosing. Bayer’s drug is given every two months after three initial monthly injections, compared to monthly Lucentis injections.

Bayer is also likely to compete on drug pricing, following a similar strategy in the US. Eylea was approved by the FDA last year, and was launched and marketed by Bayer's development partner Regeneron at a modest discount to Lucentis.

Full article:
www.pmlive.com/pharma_news/bayers_eye_drug_eylea_approved_in_europe_452213


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