Steinar Madsen, MD, medical director of the Norwegian Medicines Agency, shared lessons learned from the Norwegian experience with biosimilars in a Wednesday talk at the SMi Biosimilars North America conference.
Boehringer Ingelheim (BI) announced today that its adalimumab biosimilar, Cyltezo, has been granted marketing authorization by the European Commission to treat multiple rheumatic diseases after having received a positive opinion from the European Medicines Agency’s Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use in September 2017.
A recent survey of US rheumatologists found that there is room for improvement in clinicians' awareness of biosimilar therapies. 
“If the patient doesn’t have better access, you don’t need a biosimilar," argues Roy Fleischmann, MD.
Chinese researchers employed a new online consultation tool to improve disease management for patients with rheumatic diseases who travel long distances for a consultation with their rheumatologist and noted significant savings for the patients.
Four presentations on Monday at the 2017 American College of Rheumatology’s (ACR) Annual Meeting in San Diego, California, covered research comparing reference etanercept to 4 proposed biosimilars: SB4, LBEC0101, CHS-0214, and GP2015.
At this week’s American College of Rheumatology 2017 Annual Meeting, Boehringer Ingelheim (BI) announced 1-year data from the VOLTAIRE-RA trial, which showed that BI’s newly approved adalimumab biosimilar (Cyltezo) showed no clinically meaningful differences in safety, efficacy, or immunogenicity from the reference adalimumab (Humira) in patients who had moderate to severe rheumatoid arthritis (RA).
Research presented at the 2017 American College of Rheumatology Annual Meeting found that patients with rheumatoid arthritis and higher body mass index were less likely to achieve remission and more likely to face higher rates of disability.
Today, 4 presentations at the 2017 American College of Rheumatology’s (ACR) Annual Meeting in San Diego, California, covered research on switching studies concerning etanercept and infliximab biosimilars.
In a presentation titled “Biosimilar Medicine: Changing Landscape in Health Care,” given on Monday at the 2017 American College of Rheumatology Annual Meeting in San Diego, California, J. Eugene Huffstutter MD, FACP, FACR, shared practical considerations for using biosimilars in the rheumatology clinic.

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