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Although the policy change was intended to cut out-of-pocket drug costs for patients, a number of organizations, including the American College of Rheumatology (ACR), have argued that step therapy can be harmful to patients with chronic conditions. On Wednesday, ACR met with HHS Secretary Alex Azar to discuss their concerns.
The United Kingdom’s Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency says that it is taking steps to ensure that clinical trials taking place in the country will not be adversely affected by Brexit.
The Center for Biosimilars® recaps the top news for the week of August 13, 2018.
As biosimilar competition nears for Roche and its subsidiary, Genentech, a new WARN notice in the state of California disclosed that Genentech is set to lay off 223 employees from a local plant beginning August 31, 2018.
 
Eli Lilly says that it will not comply with a 2017 California law on drug pricing, and now the state senator who sponsored the bill is hitting back against the drug manufacturer, calling the company’s activities to promote its diabetes programs “disingenuous and offensive.”
 
In analyzing the association between biologic-free remission maintenance and the type of biologic drugs that patients had used, a notable difference emerged between patients who used infliximab, adalimumab, or golimumab versus those who received etanercept and certolizumab pegol.
Clinical director of the Irish health technology assessment (HTA) body National Centre for Pharmacoeconomics (NCP), Michael Barry, MB, FRCPI, PhD, recently said in an interview with Irish media that the lack of uptake of biosimilars in Ireland is “an issue that should be tackled,” and he proposed approaches to do just that.
 
Full 52-week results of the study, which included a switch from the reference adalimumab to SB5, demonstrate that the biosimilar was well tolerated and that switching led to no change in treatment-emergent adverse events. 
 
In the FDA’s Biosimilar Action Plan, the agency indicated that it seeks to partner more closely with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to help remove barriers to competition that are not directly within the FDA’s control. However, in recent comments to HHS, the FTC has called on the FDA to use its own authority to foster biosimilar competition.
 
CVS Caremark will allow clients to exclude any drug launched at a price greater than $100,000 per quality-adjusted life year from their plans.

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