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Roche publishes new sclerosis data to keep Novartis at bay

With the recently approved sclerosis treatment, Kesimpta, first developed by Genmab, Novatis is in full swing competing with Roche's dominant medicine on the market. Now Roche attempts retaliation.

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New data on the use of Roche’s MS treatment Ocrevus in the early stages of the illness will give it a new boost, writes sector media Fiercepharma.

The publication of the new data comes after the launch of Novartis’ competing drug, Kesimpta, originally developed by Genmab and which has the advantage that patients can administer the medicine themselves intravenously, unlike Ocrevus, which requires a hospital visit.

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