Zeposia May Have Challenges Within Ulcerative Colitis Class

A recently approved product in the ulcerative colitis therapeutic class brings a new mechanism of action. However, according to payers responding to a survey by Zitter Insights, the treatment — Bristol Myers Squibb’s Zeposia (ozanimod) — may have some challenges breaking into the space.

On May 27, the FDA gave an additional indication to Zeposia for the treatment of adults with moderately to severely active ulcerative colitis. It is the first and only sphingosine 1-phosphate (S1P) receptor modulator approved for this indication. The agency initially approved the capsule on March 26, 2020, for relapsing forms of multiple sclerosis (MS). Three other oral S1Ps are approved for MS: Gilenya (fingolimod) and Mayzent (siponimod), both from Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp., and new entrant Ponvory (ponesimod), from the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson.

Angela Maas

Angela Maas

Angela has an extensive background of editing, reporting and writing for trade and consumer publications. She has written Radar on Specialty Pharmacy (formerly called Specialty Pharmacy News) since she joined AIS Health in 2005 and has broad knowledge of the various issues at play within the space. Before joining AIS Health, she was managing editor at Employee Benefit News and Employee Benefit News Canada and managing editor at HemAware (a hemophilia publication), Lupus Living and Momentum (a multiple sclerosis publication). She has a B.A. in English and an M.A. in British literature from Arizona State University.

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