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How Community Oncologists Can Break Down Biosimilar Adoption Barriers


On this episode of Not So Different, Mark Guyot, senior director of unity provider engagement at McKesson, gives an overview of McKesson’s real-world analysis of community oncology practices and their use of biosimilars and offers advice on overcoming adoption barriers and expanding education efforts.

Although the oncology space is well-known for having the most successful biosimilar uptake, there are barriers that remain. Community oncologists and patients still have to reckon with pharmacy benefit manager (PBM) and payer formulary decisions, incentives for prescribing reference products, and inflated drug prices. However, community oncology practices have a unique opportunity to help boost biosimilar adoption and create savings for patients.

Today, I’m joined by Mark Guyot, senior director of unity provider engagement at McKesson, to discuss some best practices for biosimilar implementation in community oncology practices. Mark worked on creating and conducting McKesson’s real-world analysis that identified challenges and provided necessary support and education for successful biosimilar adoption. The analysis also led to changes within community oncology practices, resulting in significantly decreased care costs for patients, as well as annual cost savings to Medicare, totaling over $164 million.

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To listen to our podcast with Cheryl Vaughn, vice president of clinical services at McKesson, discussed how McKesson's Intrafusion service helps manage infusion sites and aids in the administration of complex biologic drugs, including biosimilars, click here.

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