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What oncologists do not understand about biosimilars

The availability of biosimilars may improve access to health care by increasing the number of therapeutic options available at potentially lower costs. However, based on the results of multiple surveys of many healthcare providers (HCPs) conducted in recent years, clinicians appear wary of prescribing biosimilars.

Biosimilars allow fast access to biological drug therapy in Bavaria, Germany

A new study has shown that patients suffering from rheumatism in Bavaria, Germany, are now likely to be prescribed a biological medicine much faster than five years ago.  Results of the study were shared at the AG Pro Biosimilars digital symposium on 14 September 2020.

Celltrion’s biosimilars effective against gastric cancer and B-cell lymphoma

Recent clinical trial results confirm that Celltrion’s biosimilars Herzuma (trastuzumab) and Truxima (rituximab) are effective in the treatment of gastric cancer and B-cell lymphoma, respectively.

Budget savings from biosimilar infliximab in the UK, France, Japan and Korea

Biological medicines are attracting attention from policymakers and health insurers across countries due to their increased financial burden. The potential for biosimilars’ cost savings can be influenced by various factors, including supply-side (pricing policies) and demand-side (usage-enhancing) policies.

Monoclonal antibody biosimilars and cancer in the EU

Spanish researchers investigated the current status of biosimilar monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) in the European Union (EU) by reviewing the regulatory pathway, the rationale for extrapolation and switching and the current status and future perspectives of the biosimilars approved in the EU [1].

The biosimilars market in Latin America: a summary

A review of the biosimilars market in Latin America [1] finds that Argentina, Brazil and Mexico have the largest number of approved similar biotherapeutic products (SBPs), while information in other countries is more limited. The review recommends investment in biotechnology hubs and further development of regulation on biological drugs.

Sustainable biosimilar policies in Europe

A review of approaches to biosimilar policy in Europe [1] highlights key principles for a sustainable biosimilar market, including supporting innovation and allowing for multiple suppliers.

Biosimilar infliximab reduces medication costs by two thirds in Finland

A study of 54 people with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) in Finland showed that switching to biosimilar infliximab has no significant impact on health-related quality of life or disease activity, while reducing costs by two thirds [1].

Trastuzumab biosimilar Kanjinti is stable over extended storage periods

An investigation of the quality and in-use stability of diluted trastuzumab biosimilar Kanjinti (also known as ABP 980) versus the reference trastuzumab demonstrated no clinically meaningful differences in stability and activity over extended storage periods, according to Crampton et al. [1].

Quotas improve biosimilar use in Germany

An assessment of the role of cost control measures on biological drugs in Germany finds that quotas for biosimilars are in some cases associated with increased use and are overall more effective than priority prescribing [1].