Researchers examining the mandatory switch of patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) from the originator etanercept (Enbrel) to the biosimilar etanercept (Benepali) found no changes in overall healthcare utilization or cost of healthcare following the switch.
The Center for Biosimilars® recaps the top stories for the week of August 12, 2019.
A recent article described a quality improvement project at the oncology specialty pharmacy unit within the University of Chicago Medicine.
Among the patients who viewed positively framed video explanations of biosimilars, 67% were willing to switch.
OneOncology, a national partnership of community oncology practices, says that its partner practices have begun treating patients with 2 anticancer biosimilars: Kanjinti, a trastuzumab biosimilar referencing Herceptin, and Mvasi, a bevacizumab biosimilar referencing Avastin.
Anti–tumor necrosis factor medicines are one of the costliest drugs for many health systems, and in the United Kingdom, a recent article described how one clinical commissioning group managed the switch of patients on the originator etanercept (Enbrel) to a biosimilar (Benepali) using a fixed-price model.
The retrospective analysis of practice care delivery measures at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center showed substantial time savings for both patients and the healthcare system, researchers report.
Samsung Bioepis’ etanercept biosimilar, SB4, has been available in multiple markets since it was authorized by the European Commission in 2016, and this week, a new systematic review reported on real-world evidence on the use of the biosimilar in treating inflammatory diseases.
Data continue to accrue on the use of biosimilar infliximab, CT-P13 (Inflectra, Remsima), in a variety of disease states, and a recent study among patients with ankylosing spondylitis (AS) who were treated with the biosimilar demonstrated infrequent discontinuation of therapy.
A patient-level simulation model using real-world data from Finland evaluated the cost-effectiveness of abatacept, tocilizumab, and anti–tumor necrosis factor (anti-TNF) therapies as compared with rituximab in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) who received previous treatment with an anti-TNF agent.

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