The Inflammatory Bowel Disease Net, an official working group of the Swiss Society of Gastroenterology, has issued a new position statement on the use of biosimilars in treating inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).
While anti–tumor necrosis factor (anti-TNF) drugs are effective at treating a range of inflammatory diseases, some limited data suggest that they may, paradoxically, result in a higher risk of developing other de novo inflammatory conditions.
Intravitreal injection with anti–vascular endothelial growth factor (anti-VEGF) drugs has represented a major step forward for patients with retinal diseases, and the upcoming biosimilars market for these drugs—including aflibercept and ranibizumab, as well as off-label bevacizumab—is beginning to take shape. However, there have been some lingering concerns about the safety of these drugs, as increased mortality has been reported after anti-VEGF treatment in the general population.
At the United European Gastroenterology Week 2019, held in Barcelona, Spain, earlier this year, a research team from the Netherlands reported on the prevalence of patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) switching back to the reference infliximab after a previous switch to biosimilar CT-P13, and found that switching back appeared to be effective in patients with IBD.
Among the features of the Part D structure is a federal reinsurance program in which, when a beneficiary reaches the catastrophic threshold in a given year, the government subsidizes 80% of remaining spending for the year. Part D plans pay 15%, and patients pay 5% in this scenario.