Lilly's Taltz Gets Closer To A Level Playing Field With Novartis' Cosentyx
Lilly reported positive results for Taltz in a second Phase III study in ankylosing spondylitis and plans to file for FDA approval this year, which would give the IL-17A inhibitor a label similar to its rival Cosentyx, for which Novartis is working hard to build, maintain and grow market share.
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