The Center for Biosimilars recaps the top 5 stories in biosimilars news for the week of August 7, 2017.
Hi, I’m Kelly Davio for The Center for Biosimilars®, your resource for clinical, regulatory, business, and policy news in the rapidly changing world of biosimilars.
Here are the top 5 biosimilars articles for the week of August 7.
Number 5: Some health plans are telling consumers that they must purchase brand name drugs, even when cheaper generics are available, leading to higher out-of-pocket costs for patients.
Number 4: The FDA’s Office of Surveillance has released findings from an inspection of Biocon’s troubled manufacturing facility in Bangalore. The investigators found 10 problems, including issues with labeling and sterility.
Number 3: A recent study comparing biosimilar GP2013 to both EU- and US-approved rituximab shows 3-way PK and PD equivalence in patients with rheumatoid arthritis.
Number 2: FDA Commissioner, Dr Scott Gottlieb, has formed a new working group within the agency. The group will focus on increasing generic competition.
And Number 1: Pharmacist Kyle Skiermont, COO of Fairview Pharmacy Services, discusses his experience with payers and healthcare providers as they prepare for the impact of biosimilar drugs and non-medical switching.
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