Gastroenterology

With successful findings from a phase 3 trial of its bevacizumab biosimilar candidate, Iranian company AryoGen Pharmed is a step closer to commercialization of this product.
The Federal Trade Commission was deeply divided over whether the AbbVie-Allergan $63 billion merger plan would allow for a sufficiently competitive marketplace.
Although the totality of the evidence is reassuring, the jury is still out on nonmedical switching to biosimilars, according to new study results.
 
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.
In inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD), biosimilars have been available for roughly 5 years, but more evidence may be necessary to persuade medical community to increase usage, according to a study.
 
Canadian provinces encounter opposition in their move to implement forced switching of patients from reference products to biosimilars.
Only 24% of providers were comfortable with prescribing biosimilars for patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).
The study compared the stool samples of patients with ulcerative colitis (UC) with patients with familial adenomatous polyposis. Both groups may have colectomies, but only the patients with UC have inflammation that may return even after surgery.
The Center for Biosimilars® recaps the top stories for the week of February 17, 2020.
Because of the high cost of biologics, the authors recognized a need to provide access to evidence-based information on biosimilars for healthcare providers working with patients with inflammatory bowel disease. 

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