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Not So Different: How One Practice Is Addressing Biosimilar Concerns Over Savings, Safety, and Efficacy


Kirollos Hanna, PharmD, from the University of Minnesota Medical Center, talks about the savings that biosimilars have brought to his practice and how he tackles patient and physician concerns over whether biosimilars work as well as reference products.

In the United States, biosimilar uptake has been slow, largely owing to 2 major concerns: that discounts for biosimilars are not substantial enough yet to contribute to significant savings and that physicians and patients are not fully convinced that biosimilars are as safe and effective as their reference product counterparts. Although there have been plenty of clinical studies and analyses to support the savings potential and comparative safety and efficacy of biosimilars, many are still looking for real world evidence.

We sat down with Kirollos Hanna, PharmD, the manager of Oncology Pharmacy at the University of Minnesota Medical Center, an associate editor for the Journal of the Advanced Practitioner in Oncology, and an assistant professor at the Mayo Clinic School of Medicine, to discuss his real world experience incorporating biosimilars into his practice and how he addresses concerns about biosimilars.

To listen to part 1 of this podcast, click here.

To learn more about building physician confidence in biosimilars, click here.

For more on how switching to biosimilars can impact budgets and savings, click here.

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