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Mylan and Biocon’s biosimilar trastuzumab, which will be sold as Ogivri and which references Herceptin, today received a positive opinion from the European Medicines Agency’s Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP).
 
New research from Avalere suggests that moving Part B drugs into Part D could result in higher out-of-pocket costs for beneficiaries with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) unless policy changes are made to reduce Part D cost sharing. 
Fresenius Kabi has become the latest biosimilar developer to enter into an agreement with Humira maker AbbVie over a biosimilar adalimumab product, MSB11022. 
 
The Center for Biosimilars® recaps the top news for the week of October 15, 2018.
As biosimilar etanercept SB4, sold in many markets as Benepali, has entered the rheumatoid arthritis treatment space, researchers have recognized the need to investigate the retention rates and disease activity scores among patients receiving SB4 and its reference. 
 
A recent study provides insight into the feasibility of at-home administration of biosimilar filgrastim—Pfizer’s recently approved Nivestym—an option that has the potential to reduce patient burden associated with hospital administration.
Stakeholders hoping to see increased uptake of biosimilars in the United States are increasingly pointing to a lack of provider awareness as a key hindrance to the biosimilars marketplace. New research, to be presented at the American College of Rheumatology Annual Meeting in Chicago, Illinois, held from October 19-24, 2018, suggests that, despite efforts to educate providers, awareness of biosimilars—as well as awareness of patients’ attitudes toward them—remains low.
 
This week, the insurer rolled out some of the changes it will be implementing in its Medicare Advantage (MA) plans as of January 1, 2019. 
Ireland’s Medicines Management Program (MMP), a body that promotes cost-effective drug prescribing, has opened a consultation related to its roadmap for prescribing best-value biologics in the Irish healthcare setting. Under the roadmap, the MMP will review the use of currently reimbursed anti–tumor necrosis factor (TNF) therapies, which represent the highest-expenditure category for Ireland’s reimbursement plan. 
 
One day after Sandoz and Amgen announced European launches of their biosimilar adalimumab products referencing Humira, Samsung Bioepis announced that it has launched its own biosimilar, Imraldi.

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