Oncology

Novartis has confirmed in an email to The Center for Biosimilars® that it has launched Sandoz’s pegfilgrastim biosimilar, Ziextenzo, in the United States. According to Novartis, the wholesale acquisition cost (WAC) for Ziextenzo is $3925, or an approximate 37% discount off the WAC for the reference product, Amgen’s Neulasta.
Sonia T. Oskouei, PharmD, vice president of innovation and solution development at Premier Inc, discusses the launch of the first rituximab biosimilar in the United States.
 
Robin Shah, chief commercial officer of OneOncology, addresses how practices can communicate the value of biosimilars to patients.
 
Teva and Celltrion have announced the launch of their biosimilar rituximab, Truxima, in the United States. The product is being offered at a 10% discount to the list price of reference product, Rituxan. The product will begin to reach patients on November 11.
The FDA has approved Ziextenzo (pegfilgrastim-bmez), Sandoz’s biosimilar pegfilgrastim referencing Neulasta. The biosimilar was approved to decrease the incidence of infection, as manifested by febrile neutropenia, in patients receiving myelosuppressive anticancer treatment. Sandoz plans to launch the product this year.
 
The biggest cost difference in filgrastim administrations was seen in the commercially insured population after the launch of a biosimilar, according to a study published Monday in Health Affairs.
Tracy L. Bahl, president and chief executive officer of OneOncology, discusses why his organization felt it was key to adopt biosimilars.
The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) today released its third annual National Cancer Opinion Survey, results of which highlight the added stress that the financial burden of treatment places on patients with cancer.  
Earlier this year, The Center for Biosimilars® staff sat down with our editorial advisory board member, Ivo Abraham, PhD, RN, director of the Center for Health Outcomes and PharmacoEconomic Research at the University of Arizona Cancer Center. In the interview, Abraham discussed how biosimilars have progressed in the United States over the past year, whether biosimilars are indeed delivering on their promised cost savings, and challenges that still lie ahead in the cancer space.
A new research report from Milliman, commissioned by the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS), found that fewer than half of patients with blood cancer received treatment within 3 months of diagnosis, and LLS says that costs may be keeping patients from getting care.

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