Susan G. Komen®, the world’s leading breast cancer organization, is seeking to educate patients about a new wave of alternative drugs, known as biosimilars, that will soon hit the market to treat HER2-positive breast cancer.
“The introduction of biosimilars is an important step in increasing options for treating HER2-positive breast cancers, which account for about 25 percent of all breast cancers. As patient advocates, we are working to ensure that patients are educated about biosimilars and can feel comforted that they are F.D.A. approved and just as safe and effective as the original biologic drug,” said Paula Schneider, CEO of Susan G. Komen.
Biosimilars are drugs that are “highly similar” to an existing biologic drug, which are at the forefront of the latest targeted therapies. Biologics are powerful and complex drugs made from biological products like antibodies or proteins and can come from all sorts of living sources – animals, plants and even bacteria. While biologics, like vaccines and insulin, have been around for many years, the number of these drugs has vastly increased since the 1990s and are now making it possible to treat some illnesses more effectively.
The most commonly-prescribed biologic to treat HER2-positive breast cancer is trastuzumab, also known by its brand name Herceptin. Developed in the 1990s, Herceptin attaches to the HER2 protein on the surface of the cancer cell which slows or stops the cancer cell from growing. The Federal Drug Administration (FDA) has approved several biosimilars for trastuzumab, which will likely become available soon. Here are the four things patients need to know about biosimilars:
To learn more about biosimilars, visit komen.org
About Susan G. Komen®
Susan G. Komen is the world’s largest breast cancer organization, funding more breast cancer research than any other nonprofit outside of the federal government while providing real-time help to those facing the disease. Komen has set a Bold Goal to reduce the current number of breast cancer deaths by 50 percent in the U.S. by 2026. Since its founding in 1982, Komen has funded more than $988 million in breakthrough research and provided more than $2.2 billion in funding to screening, education, treatment and psychosocial support programs serving millions of people in more than 60 countries worldwide. Komen was founded by Nancy G. Brinker, who promised her sister, Susan G. Komen, that she would end the disease that claimed Suzy’s life. That promise has become Komen’s promise to all people facing breast cancer. Visit komen.org or call 1-877 GO KOMEN. Connect with us on social at ww5.komen.org/social.
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