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Defining biosimilar use in the United States as "sluggish," Juliana Reed, MS, said employers have to get involved.
Samsung Bioepis makes a move into the promising Brazilian market for biosimilars, which data suggest is one of the fastest-growing biosimilars markets among emerging nations.
Biosimilars have improved access to health care in India, but many effective new drugs are high priced and patented, and authors of a new study recommend interventions to make these available, too.
Vizient predicts that drug price inflation, partly due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), will be 3.29% in 2021 and is banking on biosimilars to help contain the rising cost of medication, it said in a comprehensive review for its member health companies.
 

 
The Center for Biosimilars® (CfB) spoke with Adrian van den Hoven, director general of Medicines for Europe, and Diogo Piedade, market access manager for Medicines for Europe, about their scorecard report for biosimilar access in European markets.
 
An upcoming webinar from MJH Life Sciences™ will address the payer rebate deals that limit provider choice of biosimilars and complicate clinical pharmacy operations.
Polpharma Biologics said it is close to finishing its integration of Bioceros, a company it acquired 4 years ago. The acquisition gave Polpharma an advanced cell line development platform, and with a bioreactor facility nearing completion, the company said it is poised for growth.
 
A phase 3 clinical trial comparing the safety, efficacy, and immunogenicity of Samsung Bioepis’ aflibercept biosimilar with reference Eylea is now underway.
 
Xbrane Biopharma said it needs a new lab and headquarters because of rapid growth and ambitious plans for biosimilar development.
The documents include specific ones for hemophilia, retinal disorders, and rare diseases, as well as manufacturing, testing, and patient follow-up.

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