Novo Nordisk faces challenges in hemophilia market

|By:, SA News Editor

"Snapping up market share in bleeding disorders won't be easy," Fierce Biotech's Tracy Staton notes, regarding FDA BLA approval for Novo Nordisk's (NVO +1.7%) NovoEight.

Entrenched competitors in the hemophilia market include Baxter (BAX) — whose market position could come under pressure in the future thanks to competition from Biogen's (BIIB) long-acting clotting factor therapies (see here and here) — and Pfizer (PFE).

Nevertheless, "NovoEight's approval is a step toward replacing [expected] lost revenues" from NovoSeven.

Other relevant info cited by Staton: In June, the FDA "refused to approve rFXIII ... for the rare bleeding disorder congenital factor XIII deficiency [citing] problems with NVO's manufacturing, and last year, the drugmaker canned another potential entry in hemophilia, vatreptacog alfa, after some patients developed antibodies to the treatment."