Despite early satisfaction with Vyvgart, half of surveyed neurologists & neuromuscular specialists report uncertainty regarding re-dosing after the first treatment cycle
EXTON, Pa., Feb. 24, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — Argenx’s launch of Vyvgart (efgartigimod) has been a success, with global first-year revenue of ~$400 million USD. As the second biologic approved for generalized myasthenia gravis (gMG) and the first neonatal Fc receptor (FcRn) blocker, Vyvgart’s novel and targeted mechanism of action has resonated with HCPs. Indeed, neurologists and neuromuscular specialists surveyed by Spherix Global Insights consider Vyvgart to address a substantial unmet in the treatment of this chronic, rare autoimmune condition.
Despite these positive perceptions of argenx’s brand, surveyed respondents (n=69) remain less confident in Vyvgart’s dosing profile. While its infusion administration is familiar and the same as other approved biologics for gMG – Alexion’s Soliris and Ultomiris – unlike these brands, it offers somewhat of a flexible dosing schedule. As per the label – and supported by data from its Phase 3 ADAPT trial – Vyvgart is administered as four (4) infusions one (1) week apart, followed by a treatment free period, with additional treatment cycles initiated as needed based on clinical evaluation.
Interestingly, even with increased experience among neurologists, half continue to report uncertainty as to when to re-dose patients after the first Vyvgart treatment cycle. Indeed, when probed unaided on Vyvgart’s biggest disadvantages, two in five offered its dosing profile as a leading disadvantage. Specifically, respondents reported:
- “Re-treatment time is left at discretion of reoccurrence of symptoms, which involves a subjective report from the patient.”
- “I get some push back on the frequency of infusions. Not always sure how to know when the next infusion should be.”
- “Uncertainty how dosed after first round.”
- “Expensive, infusions are too frequent and unclear when to re-dose.”
This finding was further corroborated during qualitative interviews with Vyvgart prescribers, with one neurologist specifically recalling mixed feelings about Vyvgart’s flexible dosing:
“The hassle with Vyvgart, I mean, now, we’re gaining experience, but the flexibility in dosing may be a good thing or a bad thing. I’m just accepting it for what it is. But in time, I may have other feelings about it. I may like it a lot, or I may hate it just because of the close monitoring you would need to do with patients.”
When put into context, the next question is whether upcoming launches could capitalize on questions around Vyvgart flexible dosing – questions that are likely to linger with the expected approval of argenx’s subcutaneous efgartigimod in June 2023, given that it will likely have similar flexible dosing.
Within the FcRn blocker class, UCB’s rozanolixizumab is first up with a PDUFA date also in Q2 2023; other potential upcoming launches in the class, while further out, include Janssen’s nipocalimab. Outside of this class, other contenders that could threaten argenx’s gMG franchise include Genentech’s Enspryng (satralizumab) and Horizon’s Uplinza (inebilizumab), both of which are already approved for NMOSD and currently in late-phase development for gMG. Neurologists’ early view on the pipeline reveals that Enspryng and Uplinza are already of high interest, largely due to their dosing frequencies, distinct mechanisms of action, and potential efficacy.
Spherix will track the evolution of the gMG market through multiple services in 2023. With the expected launches of subcutaneous efgartigimod and rozanolixizumab, Spherix will track the impact of these brands in the US gMG market through its Launch Dynamix™ service. Additionally, insights on inline and pipeline assets, as well as remaining unmet needs in gMG, will be assessed in both the US and EU through research with general neurologists and specialists in the Market Dynamix™ service. The inaugural RealWorld Dynamix™ service will explore the gMG patient journey, including line of therapy, drivers of brand choice, potential next switches, and candidate patient profiles for emerging therapies.
Spherix’s 2023 gMG Publication Plan: Click here to view the 2023 gMG publication plan.
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