Scrip Asks… Is The Biosimilar Cost-Saving Theory Sustainable?
Scrip asks industry whether the promise of biosimilars producing substantial cost-savings is a sustainable model to help healthcare systems afford the next wave of expensive biologics. Drug developers and trade associations comment on the caveats still in play when it comes to biosimilars, cost-cutting and market access.
You may also be interested in...
There are 20 biosimilar adalimumab drugs in development – including one from Amgen that has already been approved but not yet launched. Biotechs and big pharma companies alike are lining up their candidates in preparation for when AbbVie's world-leading inflammation and immunology product Humira loses patent protection.
The Irish health ministry is planning measures to boost the prescribing of biosimilar medicines, but companies marketing biosimilars say that the pricing agreement signed last year by the originator industry and the government has served to hinder uptake of their products.
Final guidance adds new factors for biosimilar and innovative sponsors to consider in developing distinguishable suffixes for nonproprietary names but FDA is unswayed by calls for meaningful suffixes derived from license holder’s name; timing of retrospective application to previously approved products remains in question.