The Top 5 Biosimilars Articles for the Week of February 18

The Center for Biosimilars® recaps the top news for the week of February 18, 2019.


Hi, I’m Samantha DiGrande 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 February 18.

Number 5: A study of cost trends for tumor necrosis factor inhibitors after the entry of new competition showed that the newer drugs did not lower costs, and in fact, the annual treatment costs of the existing medicines rose substantially.

Number 4: Health Canada has announced that all biologics, including biosimilars, will be identified by their brand names and nonproprietary names without the addition of a product-specific suffix.

Number 3: Among comments from stakeholders on the FDA’s proposed approach to transition insulins to regulation as biologics is a suggestion that one drug maker may be interested in selling biosimilars of its own products.

Number 2: Biosimilar developer Sandoz announced the launch of its biosimilar adalimumab, Hyrimoz, in Spain.

Number 1: Pfizer received authorization from the European Commission for its bevacizumab biosimilar, Zirabev.

Finally, last week, our e-newsletter asked whether you think that HHS’ proposal to do away with rebates will lead to higher out-of-pocket costs for Medicare beneficiaries.

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