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Korean drug maker Celltrion has announced that it has resubmitted its Biologics License Application for CT-P6, a trastuzumab molecule referencing Herceptin. Separately, Celltrion announced new data for its proposed subcutaneous formulation of its flagship biosimilar, CT-P13, an infliximab biosimilar referencing Remicade, in patients with rheumatoid arthritis. 
The survey found that, for the United States specifically, in the informed public segment, there was a 20% drop in the general trust in healthcare, giving the United States market the second biggest drop following Colombia. Globally, trust declined in 16 of 28 markets studied, noting an average 4% decline in trust in healthcare globally.
 
Researchers from Spain, where biosimilar use is encouraged as a way to save on costs and expand access to biologic therapies, recently reported on a multicenter prospective observational study in patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) who switched from reference infliximab to a biosimilar, CT-P13 (Inflectra, Remsima). 
Rituximab has previously been shown to be effective at doses of 1000 mg in treating patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) who had previously received other biologic agents. Research presented at the European League Against Rheumatism's Annual European Congress of Rheumatology demonstrates that using lower doses of biosimilar rituximab—which may provide a substantial cost savings—is also effective.
In a webcast hosted by the Alliance for Health Policy that took place earlier this week, Robert Langreth, senior health reporter for Bloomberg News, Dora Hughes, MD, MPH, senior policy advisor at Sidley Austin, LLP, and Sameer Awsare, MD, associate executive director of the Permanente Medical Group at Kaiser Permanente, came together to discuss the best ways to bring down the steadily increasing drug prices in the United States. The panel was moderated by Mary Ella Payne, RN, MSPH, president of the Alliance for Health Policy.
 
At the European League Against Rheumatism Annual European Congress of Rheumatology, researchers presented findings on 3 studies in which patients switched to a biosimilar etanercept molecule from the reference Enbrel.
This week, the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) released a new position statement on the importance of pharmacovigilance and the critical need to continue monitoring new drugs after they reach the market.
The Center for Biosimilars® recaps the top 5 articles for the week of June 11, 2018.
During the European League Against Rheumatism’s Annual European Congress of Rheumatology, held from June 13-16 in Amsterdam, Netherlands, researchers presented findings on adalimumab biosimilars, referencing Humira.
 
The Senate Judiciary Committee today voted 16 to 5 to report the Creating and Restoring Equal Access to Equivalent Samples Act (CREATES Act) to the Senate floor.
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