Regulating drug prices in Medicare unlikely to lead to ‘revenue targeting’

Biosimilars/Research | Posted 22/04/2022

A report from the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) suggests that regulating drug prices in Medicare is unlikely to lead manufacturers to compensate by increasing revenues from the commercial market, based on analysis of similar events in the European Union (EU).

Secondary patents delay access to biosimilars in the US

Biosimilars/Research | Posted 15/04/2022

Biological drug patents covering new methods of manufacturing and formulation are major contributors to delays in biosimilar market entry in the US, finds a new study published in Nature Biotechnology [1].

Phase III trial evidence used in approval of ranibizumab biosimilar Byooviz

Biosimilars/Research | Posted 08/04/2022

Byooviz (SB11) is the first ranibizumab biosimilar approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and European Medicines Agency (EMA) [1, 2].

Trastuzumab biosimilar Kanjinti remains stable in polyolefin bags and elastomeric devices

Biosimilars/Research | Posted 01/04/2022

A study of the trastuzumab biosimilar ABP 980 (Kanjinti) finds that the compound remains stable in concentrated multi-dose bags and diluted in intravenous (IV) bags and elastomeric devices, providing preparation options to suit different global pharmacy practices.

Are systematic switch studies for biosimilars necessary?

Biosimilars/Research | Posted 25/03/2022

A recently published review [1] questions the need for systematic switch studies to demonstrate the interchangeability of biosimilars, suggesting the studies are becoming obsolete.

The CROWN study: real-world comparison between ‘similar biologic’ and originator ranibizumab and bevacizumab

Biosimilars/Research | Posted 18/03/2022

The last decade and a half have witnessed a paradigm shift in the way vascular disorders affecting the retina are treated. Anti-vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) antibodies have become the mainstay of treatment. These monoclonal antibodies are injected in the vitreous cavity. For the treatment to be effective, repeated injections every 4 to 8 weeks over many years need to be given, which proves to be quite expensive.

Will the unclear path of biosimilar interchangeability become clearer?

Biosimilars/Research | Posted 11/03/2022

Biosimilar use has led to increased access to biological treatments for some molecules wherein switching from originator to biosimilar has been one means to exchange products [1, 2]. Another but less applied way to exchange the products is via substitution by a pharmacist, i.e. without informing the prescriber [2]. Substitution of biosimilars is a topic with many contrasting views and has been highly debated [3-12]. More clarity on the matter is needed because health care has reached a point where policy decisions need to be made about whether substitution should become a practice in biosimilar use. Therefore, researchers from Denmark, Sweden and The Netherlands investigated the views of experts from medicines agencies and the pharmaceutical industry on the science underpinning interchangeability of biosimilars [13].

Europe’s IP framework should support earlier authorization of biosimilars, review finds

Biosimilars/Research | Posted 04/03/2022

A review of the European Pharmaceutical Strategy suggests the framework should focus on intellectual property (IP) initiatives that support the earlier authorization of biosimilars.

Biosimilars and non-medical switching among Saudi rheumatologists. The knowledge gap

Biosimilars/Research | Posted 25/02/2022

The increasing cost of originator biologicals, combined with consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic, have burdened the healthcare system. Unfortunately, the biosimilar uptake in Saudi Arabia has not reached an optimal level despite the approval of several agents. Therefore, physicians are essential stakeholders in the process and acceptance of biosimilars.

The US needs to learn from Europe to increasing access to biosimilars

Biosimilars/Research | Posted 18/02/2022

Europe has been leading the way when it comes to encouraging the use of biosimilars. This is especially true in Scandinavian countries, such as Norway, which are seen as leading the way when it comes to switching and substitution of biosimilars in Europe [1]. In fact, an analysis by Norwegian researchers has found that ‘tremendous savings’ could be realized in the US should the country implement similar strategies [2].