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Kathy Oubre, chief operating officer at the Pontchartrain Cancer Center in Louisiana, president of the Louisiana Medical Group Managers Association and member of the board of directors for the Community Oncology Alliance, discusses how payers, pharmacy benefit managers, and manufacturers make providing biosimilars complicated for patients and cancer providers.
 A new scorecard system developed by IQVIA rates the health and sustainability of biosimilars markets across Europe.
In surveys conducted in February and March 2020, rheumatologists cited low adoption rates of biosimilars by payers and unfavorable discounts as major reasons why they feel uncomfortable switching prescribing patterns from reference products to biosimilars.
 
Based on clinical studies on dosing, efficacy, and pharmacokinetics, European authorities have recommended Celltrion's subcutaneous infliximab biosimilar (Remsima SC) for 5 new indications.
Patients have problems getting timely authorizations for specialty meds and physicians face time burdens in getting them approved, a new report from CoverMyMeds says.
There is much inconsistency in the way physicians transition patients from insulin degludec to insulin glargine upon hospital admission, leading to higher risk especially for patients with type 1 diabetes, according to a study presented at the American Diabetes Association 80th Scientific Sessions online conference.
 
A study presented at the European League Against Rheumatism conference suggested that French rheumatologists have good knowledge of biosimilars but lack the confidence to use them.
Following in the footsteps of British Columbia, other Canadian provinces are working to implement their own biosimilars initiatives that would switch patients from some of the most costly reference biologics to biosimilar counterparts.
Investigators said the English health care system has realized only a sliver of the potential savings potential from biosimilar insulin glargine and that uptake is widely uneven across health care centers.
The FDA has approved Pfizer’s pegfilgrastim biosimilar Nyvepria for use in lowering the incidence of infection as manifested by febrile neutropenia.

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