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Representatives Paul Tonko, D-New York, and Rob Gibbs, R-Ohio, have introduced H.R. 4629, the Star Ratings for Biosimilars Act, in the House. The bipartisan bill would require HHS to evaluate Medicare Advantage (MA) plans based on whether biosimilars are available to enrollees.
The less experience an oncologist has with administering rituximab, the more likely a Medicare beneficiary with non-Hodgkin lymphoma is to discontinue treatment, according to a new study. In addition, early rituximab discontinuation was associated with inferior lymphoma-specific and overall survival.
The Japanese Adverse Drug Event Report (JADER) database, a large, published database managed by the Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices Agency for pharmacovigilance, collects spontaneous reports as a means to detect adverse events (AEs) related to drugs, and a newly published study used the JADER data to assess AEs related to the reference infliximab and to the biosimilar, CT-P13.
Genentech has announced that a phase 3 study of its brand-name rituximab, Rituxan, met its primary end point and demonstrated that treatment with rituximab is superior to treatment with mycophenolate mofetil in patients with moderate to severe pemphigus vulgaris (PV), a rate autoimmune disease that affects the skin and mucous membranes.  
No matter which piece of a Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report or a similar one from CMS actuary that observers seize on, both documents indicate that HR 3, the Lower Drug Costs Now Act of 2019, would save federal spending and improve health, at least in the short term, and also have a dramatic impact on the prescription drug industry.
While eculizumab is being targeted by multiple biosimilar developers who are in phase 3 clinical trials with their competitive products, spending on eculizumab is reaching concerning levels; as such, it is increasingly important to clarify eculizumab’s place in the treatment paradigm for myasthenia gravis (MG).
The MAGIC Act would amend the Affordable Care Act to allow chemically synthesized insulins to be approved under abbreviated new drug applications.
While biosimilar stakeholders’ eyes have been on the recent launch of new products and on policy proposals that stand to impact these therapies, several new proposed biosimilar agents are making their way into clinical trials.
The bill prohibits these agreements between brand name and generic drug manufacturers by making them presumptively anticompetitive if the nonreference drug maker receives anything of value from the other company. The bill would make violating these provisions punishable by civil penalty.
The Institute for Clinical and Economic Review (ICER), a nonprofit health technology assessment body, has issued an updated report on treatments for rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in which it says that the Janus kinase (JAK) inhibitor upadacitinib has a marginal clinical benefit over adalimumab and an "incremental cost-utility ratio falling below commonly cited thresholds.”

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