Biosimilars

What are biosimilars? The Pharmacy Times® Biosimilars resource center keeps those in the space up to date with the latest clinical news and articles, coverage from conferences and meetings, links to condition-specific resources, and videos and other content.
 

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FDA officials based their approval on the review of data and evidence that demonstrated a close similarity between pegfilgrastim-apgf and its reference product.
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Considerations of biosimilars as a valuable asset to the health care system, the impact of the competition biosimilars have on biologics regarding price and rebates, and final thoughts.
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A discussion on the pricing of biosimilars and factors that limit the cost-savings potential.
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Common myths and misconceptions for biosimilars are explored.
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The panel discusses patient awareness of biosimilar products and whether they provide supplemental patient education through patient information sheets.
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The scope of the clinical pharmacist is discussed in switching a patient over to a preferred biosimilar along with the role of specialty pharmacy.
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A discussion on limiting the number of biosimilars available for the same product at an institution regarding inventory, fridge space, and safety.
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The panel explores the appropriateness of switching from a biologic to a biosimilar through consideration of factors such as the curative vs noncurative setting, the EMR system, and patient education.
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The FDA does not usually require animalstudies for biosimilars; therefore, the process can move directly to pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic studies.
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Considerations for certain patient factors when recommending a biosimilar over a biologic to treat a patient.
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Marc Earl, PharmD, BCOP, and Tim Peterson, PharmD, BCOP, share their clinical experience with P&T committee decisions, the cost of switching, and the payor selection process for a patient.
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How biologics have changed clinical practice over conventional chemotherapies and currently available biosimilars in the US.