AstraZeneca’s Lynparza to remain dominant in PARP inhibitors market with $4 billion in sales by 2027

By Isabel Cameron

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Back in 2014, AstraZeneca and Merck were the first to receive FDA approval for their PARP inhibitor Lynparza (olaparib) for use in breast cancer gene (BRCA)-mutated metastatic ovarian cancer patients.

While the PARP inhibitors market has seen increasing competition over the years, Lynparza is set to remain dominant – with GlobalData projecting global sales of $4 billion by 2027 for the drug.

According to the data and analytics firm, this high sales projection underscores Lynparza's role in treating multiple cancer types, including ovarian, pancreatic, prostate, and human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2)-negative breast cancer.

Expected revenues in these indications will reach over 68% of the global PARP inhibitors market by 2027, GlobalData predicts.

GSK’s Zejula (niraparib) is currently behind Lynparza with over $1.6 billion in sales and 28% of the market share.

At present, the majority of Lynparza's sales come from ovarian and HER2-negative breast cancer treatment.

Biswajit Podder, oncology and hematology analyst at GlobalData, said: “Amidst this progress, AstraZeneca and Merck voluntarily withdrew approval for Lynparza in BRCA-mutated advanced ovarian cancer patients who have received at least three prior lines of chemotherapy. As Lynparza's patent protection in the US market will expire in 2028, there is an anticipated downshift in sales post-patent expiry through generic erosion.

“However, AstraZeneca's new selective PARP1 inhibitor, saruparib, shows early promise in phase 1/2 trials for homologous recombination repair (HRR)-deficient advanced breast cancers, with a good safety and efficacy profile, and it can cross the blood-brain barrier. If approved, saruparib would further strengthen AstraZeneca’s lead in the PARP inhibitor market.”

Lynparza’s growing application across multiple cancer types, driven by ongoing clinical studies, signifies its central role in oncology.

In May 2023, the FDA approved Lynparza and Johnson & Johnson’s Zytiga (abiraterone) for treating patients with deleterious or suspected deleterious BRCA-mutated metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer, despite AstraZeneca and Merck’s voluntary withdrawal for BRCA-mutated advanced ovarian cancer.

Podder concludes: “The right patient selection for treatment with PARP inhibitors, either as monotherapy or in combination with other agents, remains an unmet need in the clinic.  

“Lynparza should be used with reliable biomarkers to select patients most likely to respond to the therapy, especially those with HRR deficiency or other DNA repair defects, irrespective of their BRCA mutation status. AstraZeneca and Merck should emphasize the use of these biomarkers in clinical trials to improve patient stratification and achieve better outcomes.”

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