This site is intended for Healthcare Professionals only.

AstraZeneca boosts heart, kidney business with $1.8 bln CinCor deal

Date:

Share post:

Anglo-Swedish drugmaker AstraZeneca said on Monday (January 9) that it had struck a deal to buy US-based drug developer CinCor Pharma for up to $1.8 billion to increase its stock of heart and kidney drugs.

Core to the deal is CinCor‘s experimental therapy baxdrostat, which is in development to treat conditions including high blood pressure and chronic kidney disease.

AstraZeneca aims to combine baxdrostat with its own Farxiga, a diabetes drug whose sales ballooned after it was also shown to benefit patients with heart failure and kidney disease.

Farxiga, whose sales jumped by almost 50 per cent during the first nine months of 2022 to reach $3.2 billion, belongs to a highly competitive class of drugs that includes rivals such as Boehringer Ingelheim and Eli Lilly’s Jardiance.

AstraZeneca gets about a third of its revenue from cancer drugs, but its heart, kidney and diabetes medicines are its second most lucrative business by sales, generating roughly $6.9 billion of the drugmaker’s total revenue of more than $33 billion in the first three quarters of 2022.

Farxiga and the oncology drugs Lynparza and Calquence could face generic competition as early as 2024, BMO Capital Market analysts said in a note last week, citing their own assumptions and company filings.

In theory, a combination of baxdrostat with Farxiga could enable AstraZeneca to prolong its Farxiga franchise, Mene Pangalos, executive vice president of bioPharmaceuticals R&D at AstraZeneca, said.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Current Issue March 2024

Related articles

RPS releases general election manifesto: Key asks revealed

It urges the next government to review prescription charges in England and strengthen the UK’s medicines supply...

CCA urges urgent action on shortage of designated prescribing practitioners

It has repeatedly warned NHS England of the likely consequences arising from the lack of designated prescribing practitioners  The...

First pharmacist to lead training initiatives for critical care professionals: Reena Mehta

Spearheading the educational efforts and training initiatives for the Intensive Care Society, Reena Mehta ,the first pharmacist, to...

#Fight4Pharmacies: IPA warns ‘there simply won’t be enough community pharmacies left to deliver PFS”

'95 per cent community pharmacies rely on the NHS to sustain,' according to Fight4Pharmacies petition "If the Government does...