Biosimilars have the potential to create a more sustainable healthcare environment by offering substantial cost-savings and expanding patient access to lifesaving therapies. At the ASCO 2021 virtual annual meeting, Lalan S. Wilfong, MD, Executive Vice President, Value-Based Care and Quality Programs, and Medical Oncologist/Hematologist, Texas Oncology, Presbyterian Cancer Center Dallas, TX, discussed how a community practice model for therapeutic interchange of brand drugs to biosimilars led to a significant increase in utilization of biosimilars and substantial cost-savings over the course of a single year at his institution. Read More ›

The clinical course of prostate cancer is highly variable, reflecting the heterogeneity of the disease. Although most men diagnosed with prostate cancer have low-risk, favorable disease characteristics, some may harbor aggressive features and experience disease progression despite conventional therapy. Read More ›

FDA Commissioner Urges Insurers to Support Biosimilar Competition

Although the FDA does not have a hand in the regulation of drug prices, the safeguarding of access to medications is a crucial factor in the agency’s goal to foster and protect public health.

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According to the ACR, a practical benefit of the guidance is that in situations where a biosimilar is not considered interchangeable, a pharmacist must ask the prescribing physician for a new prescription before switching a patient to or from a reference biologic.

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Bellevue, WA—Although biologics have been a potent addition to the rheumatologist’s armamentarium, they come with complications, too, including high costs and regulatory confusion. In other words, their complexity extends far beyond the manufacturing process. Read More ›

The American College of Rheumatology (ACR) has released an official position statement on biosimilars, on the heels of the first biosimilar approval by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Filgrastim-sndz (Zarxio, Sandoz) was approved on March 6, 2015. Read More ›

European physicians across 12 countries now have access to a more cost-effective treatment for rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, and other inflammatory conditions, with the approval of the first biosimilar monoclonal antibody for infliximab, CT-P13 (Remsima, Celltrion; Inflectra, Hospira), by the European Medicines Agency (EMA). Read More ›

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