Angus Worthing, MD, FACR, FACP, discusses the benefits of biosimilar medicines.
What benefits do biosimilars offer to providers and to the healthcare system?
Biologic drugs have really revolutionized the practice [and] treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, and other autoimmune diseases, but that has come at a tremendous cost and oftentimes the price is a lack of access to drugs. So, it’s one of the things that gets me up out of bed in the morning, and what I really like my job for, is that I can see people, and diagnose them, and put a treatment plan in place that’s going to get them back to work and reduce their aching joints. But, it’s heartbreaking when people can’t get access to the drugs because they’re too expensive. The best thing that biosimilars give to providers, and also to patients, is the promise of increased access to care, so that everybody who needs one of these drugs can get on it, afford it, and have it also be affordable for society at large—that’s the benefit of biosimilars. In short, that’s the benefit of biosimilars.