Scott Gottlieb, MD: Improving the US Biosimilars Market

Scott Gottlieb, MD, former commissioner of the FDA, discusses how to improve the US biosimilars market.


I think continuing to try to make it efficient for biosimilars to get claims of interchangeability will help make the products ultimately more competitive. That process, doing the switching studies to get an interchangeability claim, is fairly efficient, but I think there’s things that you can continue to look at in terms of using real-world evidence and looking at how you structure those switching studies to potentially make it more efficient.

Sometimes those studies are hard to enroll because doctors don't want to enroll patients and patients don't want to enroll in those kinds of studies. So, we do need to continue to look at that, but again, I don’t think that is the biggest impediment if you will, or is going to provide the biggest benefit in terms of trying to foster more competition. I think that the greatest changes that we can make are really going to be on the commercial side.

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