Editorial

  1. 2018 Biosimilar Triumphs And Tribulations: How Have Market Expectations Evolved?
    12/11/2018

    In the first part of a three-part “Ask The Board” series, members of the editorial board share what left them feeling the most heartened or concerned in 2018 and what must take center stage as we head into 2019.

  2. Biosimilar Coverage By The VA — What You Need To Know
    12/6/2018

    Merck’s recent announcement that its infliximab biosimilar, Renflexis, was awarded a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) national contract has sparked curiosity about the potential influence this might have on biosimilar adoption and formulary preference in the rest of the market. Renflexis was determined to be the lowest-priced infliximab proposed under a competitive solicitation and, as such, was awarded preferred use as the only infliximab option covered on the VA National Formulary (VANF).

  3. How Can The FDA Take Ownership Of Biosimilars In 2019?
    12/6/2018

    In lieu of the slow development of the U.S. biosimilar market, the FDA has stepped up to determine how it can improve biosimilar education, regulation, and market access. As many of the industry comments to the Biosimilar Action Plan revealed, this will require the FDA to continue broadening its purview and refining the regulatory pathway by implementing several specific actions.

  4. The Biosimilar Market Is Evolving: How Can Education Strategies Follow Suit?
    11/30/2018

    In this article, I’ll discuss the importance of one commonly overlooked expert and highlight one recent educational initiative that exemplifies current needs in biosimilar communication strategies.  

  5. The Brexit Deal And Its Impact On The Pharmaceutical Industry
    11/30/2018

    According to trade groups, approximately 45 million packs of medicines leave the U.K. for Europe every month, and 37 million go in the opposite direction. In a year, that’s almost 1 billion packs of medicines. What those borders would look like after a Brexit deal would significantly impact major industries in the U.K. and EU economies.

  6. Express Scripts New Flex Formulary: Biosimilar Friend Or Foe?
    11/27/2018

    Though it’s much too early to say for sure, we will need to watch how this formulary impacts the brand vs. biosimilar landscape, and, in turn, the performance of biosimilars in the pharmacy reimbursement space.

  7. West Coast Employers Eye Biosimilars
    11/20/2018

    One employer group expert provides a good look at the current relationships between employers and those assisting them with their healthcare decisions, as well as how the Pacific Business Group on Health, has set out to create a biosimilar educational and market push initiative.

  8. An Inside Look: The Oncologist’s Perspective On Biosimilars
    11/20/2018

    Biosimilar Development regularly discusses educational strategies and biosimilar market access strategies implemented around the world. However, one perspective that deserves more attention (on this site and elsewhere) is that of oncologists. After all, these are the experts on the front lines, experiencing manufacturers’ education strategies and influencing biosimilar uptake.

  9. How Will Trump’s New FTC/DOJ Reporting Requirements Impact Biosimilars?
    11/13/2018

    On Oct. 10, 2018, President Trump signed into law the Patient Right to Know Drug Prices Act, which, among other things, requires that certain biosimilar applicants and reference product sponsors involved in patent disputes file their settlement agreements with the FTC and the DOJ. This article summarizes the key provisions of the new law and discusses its limitations.

  10. Reaching Employers: How Biosimilar Makers Can Close The Gap
    11/12/2018

    In addition to learning about the biosimilar-related activities National Alliance of Healthcare Purchasers Coalition has implemented recently, I picked one expert's brain about which educational strategies would best reach employers during this age when the entire U.S. healthcare system is under the microscope.