Dermatology

The UK results show how challenging switching to a biosimilar can be, according to patient groups.  
After some delay, Revance and Mylan have decided to push forward with an FDA application for an onabotulinumtoxinA (Botox) biosimilar.
 
After 17 years on the US market, Humira (adalimumab) proves it can still generate high sales, but competition from biosimilars is growing.
Jeenal Patel, PharmD, BCGP, a formulary manager for WellDyne, said pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) and employers are increasingly turning to formulary exclusions to control the rising cost of drugs.
 
Posters presented at the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP) eLearning Days meeting this week from April 20 to 24 reveal important data on biosimilar utilization management, switching, and affordability.
The Danish medical system saved 82.8% on adalimumab by switching almost all patients from the reference product to biosimilars, but such a benefit for the US healthcare system may not be possible, according to a new study.
With positive phase 1 study results and a manufacturing process that may cut costs significantly, BiosanaPharma hopes its omalizumab biosimilar candidate will have an edge on the worldwide market.
 
NeuClone said phase 1 patient monitoring and blood sampling has been completed for its ustekinumab biosimilar candidate, which is targeted at the $6.6 billion in annual revenue earned by Stelara, a Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies product.
 
Alvotech Hf and DSH hope to get an adalimumab biosimilar approved in the United States, Europe, and selected Southeast Asia markets.
 
Lichen planopilaris (LPP) is a type of scarring hair loss that occurs when lichen plaus, a relatively common inflammatory skin disease, affects areas of skin where hair grows. It destroys the hair follicle and replaces it with scarring, resulting in permanent hair loss. LPP’s causes and pathology are unknown.
 

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