Bio-USER survey highlights the perception of retina specialists about biosimilars

Biosimilars/Research | Posted 06/04/2023

The International Biosimilar Retina Study Group (Inter-BIOS Study Group) has recently published the results of the largest survey of biosimilar awareness amongst retina specialists practicing in the US and Europe [1]. The Survey was targeted at 200 retina specialists (100 from the US and 100 from Europe) and 112 retina specialists (55 from the US and 57 from Europe) responded. These results were presented at the 22nd Euretina Congress held in Hamburg, Germany [2], and also at the American Academy of Ophthalmology 2022 Annual Meeting held in Chicago, USA [3].  Following were the major findings of this survey:

Low biosimilar uptake in regions of low social and political trust

Biosimilars/Research | Posted 23/03/2023

The adoption of biosimilars is lower in regions experiencing low social and governmental trust, finds a recent study that focused on uptake in provinces of Italy and Germany [1].

Study supports increased development of insulin biosimilars

Biosimilars/Research | Posted 03/03/2023

Biosimilar insulins appear to be satisfactory in the treatment of both type 1 and type 2 diabetes and there is a strong case for increasing biosimilar insulin development, finds an editorial published in the Journal of Diabetes [1].

Malaysian hospital pharmacists’ perspective on and role in promoting biosimilars use

Biosimilars/Research | Posted 24/02/2023

This survey study carried out by Mohd Sani N et al. aimed to evaluate Malaysian pharmacists’ perspectives of biosimilars and to determine factors associated with pharmacists successfully promoting their use. 

Survey demonstrates US pharmacist biosimilar knowledge gaps

Biosimilars/Research | Posted 17/02/2023

Previous studies of stakeholder perceptions have primarily focused on physicians. However, pharmacists are key stakeholders in the use and adoption of biosimilars. The study carried out by Stevenson et al. sought to gain insights from US pharmacists about their knowledge and approach to the use of biosimilars.

Best-value biological selection making: more to consider than only price

Biosimilars/Research | Posted 03/02/2023

A recent paper by Barbier et al. described the criteria to be considered when selecting best-value biological, emphasizing that more factors should be taken into account than only the price, and the authors proposed an updated approach - a model, and guidelines to assist healthcare professionals to make transparent and evidence-based decisions [1].

A global overview of manufacturers of follow-on biologicals

Biosimilars/Research | Posted 16/03/2023

Recently, the World Health Organization (WHO) has pointed out that the absence of appropriate regulatory frameworks for biosimilars may have led to the approval of follow-on biologicals that cannot be considered biosimilars according to current WHO biosimilar guidelines, which were coined ‘non-innovator biologicals’ by WHO. In order to investigate the existence of ‘non-innovator biologicals’ in global markets, more understanding of the structure of the market and the manufacturers that are active in this field is needed. 

DARS: advancing biosimilar development in the US

Biosimilars/Research | Posted 10/02/2023

This article reviews the recent engagement of the Division of Applied Regulatory Science (DARS) in several current initiatives on utilizing pharmacodynamic (PD) biomarkers to demonstrate biosimilarity, potentially streamlining or negate the need for comparative clinical studies.

Pegfilgrastim biosimilars in US supportive oncology

Biosimilars/Research | Posted 13/01/2023

Humphreys et al. published a narrative review article concerning the administration options and the economic considerations of biosimilar pegfilgrastim in supportive cancer treatment in the US to maximize patient benefit[1].

Survey results of biosimilars use among Spanish physicians and pharmacists

Biosimilars/Research | Posted 06/05/2022

Marín-Jiménez I et al. published in April 2021 a report based on a survey that was launched in Spain between June and November 2020 among hospital pharmacists and specialty physicians (dermatology, rheumatology, gastroenterology) to analyse knowledge, perceptions, attitude, barriers and facilitators of biosimilars uptake. Response rate was close to 100%.