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At least four drugs approved in 2011 - Eylea
aflibercept, Incivek telaprevir, Yervoy ipilimumab and Zytiga abiraterone
acetate - are anticipated to exceed $500 million in sales in 2012. Of those,
Incivek has already passed $1 billion. However, demand for the HCV drug
reversed course in 2012. In July 2012, Vertex Pharmaceuticals Inc.
(NASDAQ:VRTX) cited two factors for the decrease in the number of HCV patients
initiating Incivek treatment: doctors waiting for all-oral combination therapies;
and an increase in the number of HCV clinical trials (see BioCentury, Nov.
For the first nine months of 2012, Eylea sales were
$561.9 million. Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ:REGN), which
launched the drug in the U.S. for wet age-related macular degeneration (AMD) in
November 2011, saw its share price triple in 2012.
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