Best selling and fastest growing drugs in the 2nd quarter of 2020

Best selling drugs Once more Humira® from AbbVie is the best selling drug of the quarter ($4,837M) despite headwinds in Europe from biosimilars Amgevita®, Amsparity®, Halimatoz®, Hefiya®, Hulio®, Hyrimoz®, Idacio® and Imraldi®. In the US Humira® will in 2023 lose market exclusivity to the biosimilars Amjevita®, Cyltezo®, Hyrimoz®, Hadlima®, Abrilada® and Hulio®. AbbVie upon acquisition […]

Novo Nordisk grows GLP-1 market share in Q2 in the US with Ozempic® and Rybelsus®

Novo Nordisk has reported their 2nd quarter results. Financials For the 2nd quarter sales were DKKm 30,006 (-0%), gross profit was DKKm 25,234 and operating income was DKKm 13,838 (+3%). In the US GLP1 for diabetes increased by 19%, whereas insulin decreased by 34%. CEO Lars Fruergaard Jørgensen “The U.S. sales decline was driven by […]

Novo Nordisk mostly unaffected by COVID-19 in Q1

Novo Nordisk is with the exception of the postponement of new clinical trials mostly unaffected by COVID-19. Sales in Q1 were however positively affected by stock piling of insulin. Growth continues to be spearheaded by Ozempic®, whereas Victoza® and Levemir® in the US continue to lead the decline. Rybelsus® revenue totaled DKKb 229 in the […]

Novo Nordisk poised to fire on all new GLP1 cylinders following the fourth quarter of 2019, but shares fairly valued

Anti-diabetic oral GLP1 drug Rybelsus® (semaglutide) received FDA approval on September 20th and 70%-80% of patients are not coming from other injectables. GLP1 drug segment is growing led by the weekly injectable anti-diabetic drug Ozempic® (semaglutide) approved for CV risk reduction in the US. Revenue in US diabetes segment is flat due to declining revenue […]

Keytruda®, Ozempic® and the other blockbuster drugs of the 3rd quarter of 2019

The pharmaceutical companies AbbVie and Novo Nordisk presented their quarterly results today and concluded the earnings season for the major pharmaceutical companies. There are currently more than 50 blockbuster drugs in the world with annual sales exceeding a billion US dollars. Here the best selling and fastest growing medications of the third quarter of 2019 […]

Diabetes and the third quarter of 2019

Novo Nordisk and Eli Lilly have both reported their Q3 results. Below are some of the headlines related to their diabetes business. Novo Nordisk OG2023SC, an oral GLP-1 analogue, has been discontinued based on encouraging results for an enhanced oral semaglutide formulation. US FDA decision on cardiovascular indication for Rybelsus® is expected in the first […]

Roche reports very strong sales growth in the first nine months of 2019 – outlook raised

Roche issued a press release on its nine month sales with the following headlines. Group sales increase 10% at constant exchange rates and 9% in Swiss francs, due to new products Pharmaceuticals Division sales up 12%, driven by high demand for recently launched medicines, mainly Ocrevus, Hemlibra, Tecentriq and Perjeta  Diagnostics Division sales grow 4%, primarily […]

J&J tops estimates

Johnson & Johnson [$JNJ] issued a press release before the market opened on its third quarter results with the following headlines: Sales of $20.7 billion reflecting growth of 1.9%, operational growth of 3.2%* and adjusted operational growth of 5.2%* EPS of $1.81 increased 25.7%; adjusted EPS of $2.12 increased 3.4%* Company increasing Full Year Sales […]

UnitedHealth beats estimates and raises outlook

United Healthcare [$UNH] issued a press release on its quarterly results before the market opened with the following headlines: Total Revenues of $60.4 Billion Grew by 7% or $3.8 Billion Year-over-Year Operating Earnings Grew 9% to $5.0 Billion, Including Double-Digit Growth Rates in Each Optum Business Net Earnings Per Share were $3.67, Adjusted Net Earnings […]