Rheumatology

Along with innovations in design comes the question of patients’ willingness to pay for features that differentiate self-injection devices from one another.
Fewer than one-third of patients newly diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) used anti–tumor necrosis factors agents, other biologics, Janus kinase inhibitors, or conventional disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs in 2014.
Upadacitinib is expected to help AbbVie continue to lead in the immunology market after biosimilar competition emerges for adalimumab in 2023. The approval for the treatment of RA is one of 6 indications that AbbVie’s chief executive officer, Richard Gonzalez, said in a 2018 presentation that the company expects to have approved and launched by 2022.
LG Chem’s biosimilar etanercept, LBEC0101, referencing Enbrel, recently gained approval in Japan and the Republic of Korea. Among the data that led to its authorization were those deriving from a phase 3 study that demonstrated the biosimilar had equivalent efficacy and a comparable safety profile to the reference product. Recently, researchers reported on a single-arm, open-label extension study in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) who completed the 52-week phase 3 study.
Bio-Thera Solutions, a global biotechnology company based in Guangzhou, China, says it began a phase 1 study of BAT2506, a proposed golimumab biosimilar referencing Simponi.
This month, researchers published data from a phase 3 study of the biosimilar in patients with moderate to severe rheumatoid arthritis (RA) after previous phase 3 data were reported for a study in patients with severe plaque psoriasis.
Among the patients who viewed positively framed video explanations of biosimilars, 67% were willing to switch.
The study was conducted in patients with moderately to severely active rheumatoid arthritis who previously completed the VOLTAIRE-RA study.
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.
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.

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