In recent years there has been growing, bipartisan support to address the perceived high cost of biologic drugs. Indeed, recent estimates are that biologic drugs account for approximately 40 percent of all U.S. pharmaceutical sales and 70 percent of drug spending growth between 2010 and 2015.
Here, I’ll discuss some of the current physician knowledge gaps in the different therapeutic areas. Similarly, I’ll delve into the discussions surrounding what educational strategies and guidelines may be needed on the hospital or national level to improve physicians’ and patients’ relationships with biosimilars.
Biosimilar Development recently hosted a webinar on U.S. biosimilar policies with Frier Levitt Government Affairs expert, Ron Lanton. Here are several questions that came up during the webinar about the impact proposed or current policies may have in the future.
On March 5, 2019, Representative Anna Eshoo (D-CA) introduced H.R. 1520, the “Purple Book Continuity Act of 2019.” The bill addresses the availability of information about approved biological products that may support the development of biosimilar products. It has five cosponsors in the House, drawn from both sides of the aisle, and was considered with five other bills by the House Energy and Commerce Committee on April 3, 2019. The Committee advanced the bill, along with five others, as a step toward addressing runaway drug pricing.
Though there is a large handful of countries that, to date, don’t have biosimilar pathways established, a few countries have been slowly gearing up to be leaders in paving the way for biologics and biosimilars. In this article, I’ll discuss the potential of these three markets, as well as the business considerations Challand highlighted for companies considering entering the MENA region.
Throughout her presentation, Challand gave us a good look at the current state of the biologics market in MENA and the ongoing educational and collaborative efforts that could help shape the markets in this region. She also shared several important considerations for regulators and biosimilar companies looking to expand their business to MENA.
On Feb. 6, 2019 the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) officially proposed the rebate rule known as the “Fraud and Abuse; Removal of Safe Harbor Protection for Rebates Involving Prescription Pharmaceuticals and Creation of New Safe Harbor Protection for Certain Point-of-Sale Reductions in Price on Prescription Pharmaceuticals and Certain Pharmacy Benefit Manager Service Fees.”
Whether it be pointing out specific unmet needs in IBD or suggesting meaningful educational materials for patients, one patient advocate delivered great examples of how manufacturers can support patient advocates and provide them with the information they need most today.
Natural hazard events may seem like distant topics to some in the biopharmaceutical industry, but they hold relevance for all companies. Opportunities exist for risk management, including an important lesson in avoiding the gradual acceptance of such events as normal, until an even greater catastrophic event occurs.
In this first of two articles, an advocate from the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation shares details about the Foundation’s ongoing initiatives in terms of educating physicians, as well as what can be done to better understand and improve physicians’ biologics and biosimilar prescribing practices.
Evaluating how much a process step contributes to viral clearance is an essential part of process validation in order to be sure you are manufacturing safe drugs. Learn more about how HiScale 10/40, packed with MabSelect PrismA, is a reliable choice for the capture step in a virus clearance study.
Effective viral clearance studies remain one of the challenges facing manufacturers of biologics. These studies are an essential part of process validation and are critical to ensure drug safety. This article provides the basics of what you need to know when studying virus reduction of a chromatography step.
The traditional method of big batch manufacturing must change as biopharmaceutical companies move away from the one-size-fits-all blockbuster pharmaceutical model toward increasingly more innovative, targeted biologics that deliver better patient outcomes.
By working together across the biopharma industry, digital technology can be leveraged and data science can reengineer key elements of the drug manufacturing process to ease commercial scale-up.
Streamlining, connecting, and automating workflows to shape the future of cellular treatment delivery has the potential to transform how we treat and potentially cure once life-threatening diseases.
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