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Our podcast, “Not So Different,” provides insights from and discussions with stakeholders from across the biosimilars landscape.
In September, AARP issued its latest Rx Price Watch report, which tracks price trends for prescription drugs that are widely used by older Americans. That report highlighted the problem of skyrocketing drug costs; it found that the retail prices for widely used drugs increased well above the rate of inflation, and that’s a troubling trend for Medicare beneficiaries. This week on the podcast, we’re speaking with one of the authors of that report, Leigh Purvis, MPA.
With new research being presented, and with new biosimilars in the pipeline that target inflammatory bowel disease, October was a notable month for biosimilars in the gastroenterology space. This week on the podcast, we’re rounding up the top developments in gastroenterology for the month of October 2019. 
In August of this year, the US District Court for the District of New Jersey ruled in favor of Amgen in a long-running patent litigation concerning Sandoz’s biosimilar etanercept, Erelzi. As a result of that decision, biosimilar etanercept appears to be on a lengthy hold in the US market, and that has a number of biosimilar stakeholders concerned. This week on the podcast, we’re speaking with Rick Lozano, vice president of Biosimilars and Integrated Business Development for AmerisourceBergen. We discuss the ruling in the case, its potential impacts on the healthcare system, and what drug makers can do now to help educate other stakeholders about biosimilars and improve uptake. 
It’s widely expected that the United States will see launches of one or both of the FDA-approved rituximab biosimilars, Ruxience and Truxima, in the coming months, but just how ready is the United States to bring these products to the clinic, especially given the fact that subcutaneously administered reference rituximab has taken on such a key place in clinical practice, and given the fact that both biosimilars have so-called “skinny labels” because of issues related to intellectual property and exclusivities?
Among the biggest biosimilars news of this year was the launch of the first 2 anticancer biosimilars. This week on the podcast, we're speaking with an expert who's sharing her insight into these developments in the oncology space. Christina Corridon, MPH, MBA, is a principal at the professional services firm ZS Associates, where she is a leader in ZS' oncology practice and leads their biosimilars vertical. She joined us to talk about the state of play in the US biosimilars market, what we can learn from ongoing experience, and how sustainable the US market for biosimilars may be today. 
This week on the podcast, we’re speaking with Jeffrey Patton, MD, chief executive officer of Tennessee Oncology, a partner practice of OneOncology, and the president of physician services for OneOncology. Patton shares with us the rationale for the adoption of biosimilars, how patients are responding, and lessons learned. 
In its semiannual drug pricing forecast, healthcare performance company Vizient said that biosimilars will be a key part of combatting rising spending on drugs. This week on the podcast, we're speaking with Steven Lucio, PharmD, BCPS, associate vice president of clinical solutions and pharmacy program development at Vizient, on how oncology biosimilars are poised to make an impact.
This week on the podcast, we're speaking with Colin C. Edgerton, MD. He's one of the founding members of Articularis Healthcare Group, which has created a value-based rheumatoid arthritis treatment pathway that has boosted biosimilar use. 
In July, the Trump administration withdrew its proposal to block rebates and discounts given by drug makers to pharmacy benefit managers, Part D plans, and Medicaid managed care organizations. Withdrawal of the rule was a discouraging development for many physicians who hoped that the proposal could give relief to their patients at the pharmacy counter. This week on the podcast, we’re speaking to one such physician, Madelaine Feldman, MD. 
The Biosimilars Council, a part of the Association for Accessible Medicines, recently issued a white paper in which it condemns abuses of the patent system that delay biosimilar competition. The group estimates that the financial impact of these delays has cost the US healthcare system $7.5 billion in lost savings since 2015. This week on the podcast, we’re speaking with Christine Simmon, executive director of the Biosimilars Council. 

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