Rheumatology

Trends in data concerning publicly and privately insured patients with rheumatoid arthritis show that the use of bioloigic disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs) is on the rise.
When a patient fails to respond or no longer responds to one biologic disease-modifying antirheumatic drug due to a lack of efficacy or poor tolerability, switching to another bDMARD can be a safe and effective treatment strategy.
Samsung Bioepis has gained government clearance to begin a phase 3 clinical trial of its ranibizumab biosimilar in the Republic of Korea.
In recent years, a wrench has been thrown into the patient care equation.
This Rheumatic Disease Awareness Month, Stanley Cohen, MD, medical director of the Metroplex Clinical Research Center and clinical professor of internal medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, has a message for patients: biosimilar treatments are just as safe and effective as originator biologics in treating rheumatic diseases.
Brandon Shank, PharmD, MPH, BCOP, Clinical Pharamcy Specialist, discusses the merits of the current biosimilar naming system.
Last week, Irish drug maker Allergan announced that it had transferred its patents for its cyclosporine ophthalmic emulsion, Restasis, to the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe. Allergan said in a statement that the Tribe now owns all Orange Book-listed patents for the dry eye treatment, and that the Tribe is filing for a motion to dismiss an ongoing inter partes review on the basis of sovereign immunity.
On Friday, the European Medicines Agency's Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use issued positive opinions on 2 biosimilar candidates.
The Center for Biosimilars recaps the top 5 stories in biosimilars news for the week of September 11. 
At the 2017 AAM Biosimilars Council Conference, Adrian van den Hoven, director general of Medicines for Europe, contradicted the conventional thinking about biosimilars, saying that biosimilars do not simply reduce costs of treatment. Instead, he said, they deliver “huge additional health benefits to patients.”


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