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Johnson & Johnson’s Multiple Sclerosis Treatment Drug Secures FDA Approval – Launching April 2021

By John F. Heerdink, Jr.

Reportedly, FDA has approved Johnson & Johnson’s (JNJ) Ponvory, as a daily oral drug to treat relapsing forms of multiple sclerosis MS. The drug is expected to launch in early April 2021, entering a market currently dominated by big names like Novartis’ Kesimpta, Roche’s Ocrevus, and Gilenya, and Biogen’s top-selling drug Tecfidera.

The FDA approved the drug, Ponvory based on study data from a two-year late-stage where Ponvory displayed higher efficacy in significantly reducing annual relapses by about 30% in comparison to Sanofi’s approved MS drug Aubagio. J&J’s Ponvory is a once-daily oral treatment, as opposed to Kesimpta, which is injected by patients at home, or even Ocrevus that is administered as an infusion in a clinic or hospital.  The drug has also surpassed Aubagio at reducing fatigue among patients. The approval brings a big cause of concern for Biogen, whose Tecfidera drug patent is expiring along with increasing competition in the MS landscape.

Ponvory is also under review by the European Medicines Agency.

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(Read Original Story: U.S. FDA approves J&J's multiple sclerosis treatment; launch in April in Reuters)


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