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 […]

Mylan/Viatris and Teva at the 38th Annual J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference

Mylan presented on Viatris at the 38th Annual J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference. Below are selected slides from the presentations of Mylan and Teva at the conference and figures comparing the existing business entities prior to the merger with Upjohn. Teva has closed many manufacturing sites, but still have more than Viatris; ~60 and ~50 respectively. […]

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 […]

Oral semaglutide (Rybelsus®) receives FDA approval for the treatment of type 2 diabetes

The FDA has issued a press release regarding the approval of the first oral GLP-1 treatment for type 2 diabetes. Novo Nordisk also issued a press release on Rybelsus®. Novo Nordisk in the US issued a separate press release. In terms of future peak sales this might be the most important FDA approval of any […]

Recent developments in the diabetes landscape halfway into 2019

All manufacturers of anti-diabetic drugs have issued press releases on their Q2 earnings. Novo Nordisk on August 9th and Eli Lilly on July 30th. And the 79th Scientific Sessions of the American Diabetes Association took place June 7-11, so a look at the changes in the diabetes landscape is due. Worldwide sale of insulin continues […]

Teva and status on CGRP migraine drugs

Teva Pharmaceuticals issued a press release on their Q2 earnings on August 7th. Below are excerpts from the earnings call with CEO Kåre Schultz and outgoing CFO Michael McClellan and relevant figures and slides. Further below the CGRP migraine drugs Ajovy® from Teva, Aimovig® from Amgen and Emgality® from Lilly are discussed. The legacy litigations […]