Practice

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.
The International Society of Oncology Pharmacy Practitioners (ISOPP), which convened in London, United Kingdom, this week for its 18th international symposium on oncology pharmacy practice, has issued a new global position statement on biosimilars in therapeutic and supportive oncology.
In treating patients with moderate to severe psoriasis, Samsung Bioepis’ etanercept biosimilar, approved in the European Union as Benepali and in the United States as Eticovo, was shown to be effective in a registry study.
According to the authors, while many anticipated that most major concerns about the switch to biosimilar adalimumab would relate to safety and efficacy, more prevalent concerns were related to device type, the presence of a citrate, or the color of the product.
Drug maker Novartis announced that it will seek a fourth indication—nonradiographic axial spondyloarthritis (nr-axSpA)—for its secukinumab (Cosentyx) in the United States after its phase 3 PREVENT trial met its 52-week primary end point.
Step therapy, which requires that patients try the payer’s preferred treatment before the one a physician recommends, jeopardizes the health of patients with cancer by delaying treatment and creating unnecessary barriers, according to a recent position statement from the Community Oncology Alliance (COA).
 
During the European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) Congress 2019, researchers provided a detailed look at a 3-treatment, 6-sequence crossover study for a pegfilgrastim biosimilar, and a separate team presented on the use of biosimilar filgrastim in patients who are being given chemotherapy regimens that involve a rest period of up to 14 days.
 
During the opening day of the SMi 10th Annual Biosimilars Conference, held September 25-26 in London, United Kingdom, Dan Cohen, Biogen’s regional senior director of biosimilars for the United Kingdom, Ireland, and the Netherlands, shared his experience with anti–tumor necrosis factor biosimilars in general, and with biosimilar adalimumab in particular, in the EU marketplace.
Today, the FDA released a new suite of resources to educate patients about biosimilars.
 

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