A new survey from the Biologics Prescribers Collaborative gauges patients' understanding of biologics and biosimilars and explores what motivates patients to switch medications
Washington, DC /PRNewswire/ - A national survey from the Biologics Prescribers Collaborative reveals that about half of people who have taken an innovator biologic or follow-on biosimilar report knowing only "a little" about the medications. Cost savings are the factor most likely to motivate patients to switch from an innovator biologic to a biosimilar.
Patient Knowledge Gap
While 46% of survey respondents have had been receiving an innovator biologic or biosimilar for between one and five years, respondents varied in how much they knew about the medications.
- 50% reported knowing "a little" about biologics and biosimilars.
- 36% did not know that biosimilars are generally less expensive than their innovator biologic counterparts.
- 55% did not know that interchangeable biosimilars can be swapped with their innovator biologic at the pharmacy level without the prescribing clinician's involvement.
- 68% said they'd turn to their doctor for more information.
Patient Confidence and Trust
Respondents were largely confident in biosimilars, the treatments' safety and their effectiveness. They also agreed (85%) that biosimilars benefit the health care system.
- 95% reported trusting innovator biologics, while 91% said they trust biosimilars.
- The majority said biosimilars are as safe (74%) and effective (71%) as their innovator biologic.
- 70% agreed that biosimilars save patients money.
Two-thirds (66%) of respondents had taken a biosimilar, and the majority (84%) of those who'd taken a biosimilar had switched from an innovator biologic.
- 43% cited their clinician's recommendation as the reason for switching from a biologic to a biosimilar.
- 41% said the biosimilar worked better, 33% said the biologic worked better and 22% didn't perceive a difference.
Cost savings are the primary factor that would lead patients to consider switching. Nearly half (49%) of surveyed patients said they would consider switching if the biosimilar would save them money.
READ: Patient Choice: National Survey on Innovator Biologics and Biosimilars
The Biologics Prescribers Collaborative is a coalition that aims to ensure that sound policies are in place to promote the safest possible use of all biologics, including biosimilars, for all patients.