1. CMS Star Ratings: Will Biosimilars Benefit?

    The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) star ratings system was created in 2007 for insurance plans operating under both the Medicare Advantage and Part D. This 1 to 5 system (with 5 being the highest rating) is a way for CMS to measure the value of a plan and determine whether to continue to allow it to be part of the program. However, it’s more than just the plan, since the plan’s providers play a key role in how CMS evaluates each plan.

  2. Biosimilar Competition Is Here To Stay In 2020

    Following Peter Bach’s controversial argument to “throw in the towel” on biosimilars, I reached out to three economic experts for their perspectives on how to create a functioning, competitive biologics marketplace and which economic and government policies will be the best to pursue for long-term success.

  3. The Biologic, Biosimilar Insulin Transition: The Patient Perspective

    In this article, a patient advocate from the JDRF shares the diabetes community’s perspective on the upcoming regulatory transition of insulins and how the industry can better engage and educate patients about the future presence of insulin biosimilars.

  4. Real-World Evidence & Biosimilars: Weighing The Potential Impact

    Here, IQVIA’s Jaclyn Bosco, Sandoz’s Edward Li, and the University of Messina’s Dr. Gianluca Trifirò discuss how RWE can impact regulator and payer decisions, shape treatment pathways, and encourage greater stakeholder comfort and action toward biosimilars.

  5. Biosimilars: Lessons Learned From Regulatory Approvals

    The EU has approved 16 biological molecules, and the U.S. has licensed the same molecules (including approving some as 505(b)(2) approvals), except for follitropin alfa, which amounts to 114 biosimilars, combined. This article, based on the EMA’s European public assessment reports (EPARs) and the FDA’s BLA (biologics license application) reviews, identifies many inconsistencies that require revision of regulatory guidance to assure faster approval of biosimilars.

  6. Transition Biologics: FDA, Industry Examine Regulatory Nuances

    Though these experts all believe this transition should go off without a hitch and will not hinder insulin access, there are several overarching regulatory and educational considerations the industry should be aware of as March continues to creep closer.

  7. Drug Coupons: An Ongoing Debate Between States, Payers, And Manufacturers

    The clock is ticking for state lawmakers to preserve an existing law that allows for prescription drug coupon usage in Massachusetts with an end-of-the-year deadline fast approaching. Drug manufacturers are anxiously awaiting this legislative action, as a ban on coupons would stick consumers with more of the cost when purchasing brand name drugs, which typically come with higher cost-sharing than generic equivalents.

  8. Biosimilars: Not Just Big Pharma’s Playground

    In addition to discussing past challenges, two experts from NeuClone provided me with a number of the critical analytical, manufacturing, and clinical considerations that are important to make for any company — but especially for smaller companies — when developing biosimilars.   

  9. Can The FDA Salvage Interchangeable Follow-On Biologics?

    Learn the statutory and regulatory requirements for interchangeability designation, how the designation hampers follow-on biologics, and why the FDA should loosen requirements for the designation.

  10. EU5 Biosimilar Adoption: What Can The Past Tell Us About The Future?

    More than 13 years ago, Omnitrope (somatropin) received its approval in Europe on April 14, 2006. Since then, as of June 2019, 57 biosimilars from 15 different molecules have received greenlights, 27 of them in the last five years and 16 in the last year and a half. This acceleration is driven by the increasing need to generate savings that help keep pharmaceutical budgets under control. According to data from the consulting firm Fiercepharma, drugs approved in 2019 will generate sales of more than $20 billion in 2024.