Differentiation Will Be Key Challenge For Shire's Gaucher Disease Drug Vpriv
The FDA approval of Shire's Vpriv (velaglucerase) means that Genzyme's Cerezyme (imiglucerase) finally has competition in the Gaucher disease space. But market analysts are strongly divided on whether velaglucerase or a pending Pfizer/Protalix drug will be better positioned to make a dent in Cerezyme's market share
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The agency has the option to issue regulations requiring biologics manufacturers to notify FDA of emerging production problems, but so far it’s only “something that we’re thinking about.”
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