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Biosimilars as effective and safe as expensive biologicals

Just like generic medicines, biosimilars could substantially reduce healthcare costs. Yet it seems that among physicians, pharmacists and patients there exists resistance against these cheaper versions of biotechnological medicines.

US biosimilars bill with competition after just five years

On 11 March 2009, Henry Waxman, Frank Pallone, Nathan Deal, and Jo Ann Emerson, all members of the US House Committee on Energy and Commerce, introduced the Promoting Innovation and Access to Life-Saving Medicine Act (bipartisan bill HR 1427), to allow the US FDA to approve affordable ‘biosimilar’ copies of biotech drugs or ‘biologicals’.

Waxman: US biosimilars market opens this year

“Seeing a pathway for biological generics is one of my highest priorities this year,” US Congressman Henry Waxman said via a video link to the World Generics Medicines Congress Europe 2009, held in London, UK, in February.