The Most-Watched Interviews of 2019

December 25, 2019
Gianna Melillo

This year, interviews with industry experts were the most popular among readers of The Center for Biosimilars. Touching on topics like market performance, cost, and government regulations, officials and professionals weighed in on the debates surrounding biosimilars and offered their opinions on how the industry can improve.

This year, interviews with industry experts were the most popular among readers of The Center for Biosimilars. Touching on topics like market performance, cost, and government regulations, officials and professionals weighed in on the debates surrounding biosimilars and offered their opinions on how the industry can improve.

5. Simon Rule, MD: The Impact of Subcutaneous Rituximab on Clinical Practice

Rule of Plymouth University Medical School explains how using subcutaneous rituximab in his own hospital has had a positive impact. Compared to intravenous administration, “the patient has the injection, it takes about 5 minutes, and they can leave,” when providers opt for subcutaneous brand-name rituximab. This increase in efficiency has cut down on time patients and their relatives have to spend in the hospital.

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4. Michael Kolodziej, MD: How Payers Are Preparing for Biosimilars

Kolodziej discusses how the behavior of reference product manufacturers affects payers’ approaches biosimilars. If the reference product manufacturers don’t want to compete on price, Dr. Kolodziej predicts commercial payers, including Medicare Advantage, will enact a policy similar to the use of generic drugs.

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3. Carol Lynch: Barriers to the US Biosimilars Market

In this interview, Lynch, of Sandoz US explains how various barriers inhibit the performance of approved products in the market. Litigation, along with other factors, prevents the expansion of a vibrant biosimilar healthcare system in the United States. She states, “one of the major barriers is actually around the contracting and rebating practices we see from some of the originator companies.”

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2. Scott Gottlieb, MD: Phase 3 Trials and Biosimilars

Gottlieb, former commissioner of the FDA, lays out barriers in the market for biosimilars and discusses increasing efficiency in this interview. “I think there’s always going to be a need to do some level of clinical evaluation and have some component of clinical trials in order to prove the similarity or sameness of the biosimilar to the incumbent biologic, but I think that there are ways to continue to make that process more efficient,” Gottlieb said.

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1. Suzette Kox, MPharm: The FDA's Guidance on Biosimilar Naming

In the most-viewed video from 2019, Secretary General of the International Generic and Biosimilar Medicines Association, Kox, discusses the FDA’s updated guidance for naming biosimilars. Calling the new measures “inconsistent” Kox says she believes they will create confusion among medical professionals.

Watch the full interview here.