A recently published literature review of biosimilar switching studies drew some pushback in the form of a letter to the editor. Though this letter may seem, on the surface, another frustrating bump in the road, it raises several new, important lines of inquiry for biosimilar makers and stakeholders to explore in future publications.
A small biotech company faces specific challenges when navigating both the biosimilar and the innovative space. I wanted to get a better sense of how smaller companies originally defined as biosimilar pure-plays, like Pfenex, are ensuring longevity in the biosimilars space.
I’ve heard it said that innovation in the biosimilar world extends beyond the actual scientific and technical development of the product; innovation also applies to the act of changing and shaping regulations and perspectives. This year’s conference really emphasized the specific tasks being carried out by members of biosimilar companies, patient advocacy groups, payers, and research organizations to change and advance perspectives.
In the countless moments I’ve spent scrolling through social media platforms, a few ways they’re being used by pharma companies, organizations, and patients have caught my eye. Though they aren’t all posts about biosimilars, I think they’re worth calling attention to as potential strategies for biosimilar companies.
It takes more to enter the biosimilar business than simply being a leading innovator in the biologics space. As several Pfizer experts shared, there are some integral transitions, both in mindset and in terms of practice, that need to occur to fully embrace biosimilars.
In the second of this two-part article, McKesson Specialty Health's Omar Hafez and Pete Perron discuss how to approach the complex financial landscape in the clinic and help incentivize clinics to use biosimilars.
A third-party study was conducted to compare the performance of Thermo Scientific™ Nunc™ Roller Bottles (1.2 and 2.5X) and 850 cm2 roller bottles from another supplier, for the culturing of ST, Vero, and MDBK cells.
A rapid, flexible, and high-yield approach both hybridoma expansion and for antibody production using a serum-free medium in Nunc PETG Roller Bottles.
In the first of this two-part article, McKesson experts share insights on two biosimilar barriers they’ve noticed in community clinics and highlight their takeaways from infliximab’s and filgrastim’s experiences tackling these barriers.
This review sought to answer two questions which have been plaguing the biosimilar industry since day one: will biosimilar switching have any impact on safety, and will biosimilars be the harbingers of increased immunogenicity? And it has provided us with far more than just answers to these questions.
A prediction that a failure of the U.S. biosimilars market could lead to the end of the global biosimilars market begs the question of how we evaluate progress, as well as how such a prediction could be avoided.
Many have predicted payers will be the stakeholders to carry biosimilars across the finish line. But as the past few years will attest, this has not turned out to be the case, and this realization leaves the biosimilar industry asking an important, somewhat nerve-wracking question:
The first of this three-part article touches on the current biosimilar-related developments ongoing in the U.K., as well as what the new chair of the British Biosimilars Association (BBA) is keeping her eyes on, both in the U.K. and globally.
This application note describes how to achieve accurate comparability assessments using Biacore™ T200 and Amersham™ WB system in the development of a biosimilar.
There has not been much discussion about how biosimilars contribute to or will impact innovation — outside of helping the healthcare system afford costly novel therapies. I found my interest in this question sparked upon reading a recent headline, "Biosimilars: The Cure for Sky-High Drug Prices Or A Stake In The Heart Of Innovation?"
In the first part of this two-part article, we touched on the two strategies for distributing biosimilars. In this article, Lozano highlights some of the common topics that pose the greatest challenges for manufacturers, in particular pricing their products and establishing patient and provider services.
As more real-world evidence demonstrating biosimilars’ efficacy and safety is released, I daresay I speak for many in the U.S. who are left asking, “What more do we need?” Well, this event turned me on to a few areas that could use some work and renewed attention.
It’s rare that I should stumble upon an article discussing how biosimilars actually end up at the hospital or pharmacy in the first place. So I took the opportunity to speak with AmerisourceBergen's Richard Lozano to get a better sense of the manufacturer-wholesaler relationship and some of the questions companies must consider as they prepare to supply their biosimilars to the market.
In Cinfa Biotech’s time preparing for regulatory submission and, hopefully, a future product launch, Jankowsky has noted the increasingly significant role pharmacists play in educating doctors. Much of this comes down to their holistic method of approaching biosimilars — and this was integral in establishing the company’s rationale for development.
Whether they be IP-,real-world-data-, or ongoing market-access-related challenges, biosimilar companies should expect a busy year ahead. Biosimilar Development's editorial advisory board members share the challenges they're keeping their eyes on.
Last week, I published the first installment of a three-part roundtable discussion highlighting which 2017 trends/occurrences were most notable to the members of Biosimilar Development’s editorial advisory board. In addition to discussing 2017’s impact on the future of the industry, these experts also shared their thoughts on what to expect in 2018.
In the first installment of this three-part Q&A, I asked the members of the inaugural Biosimilar Development editorial advisory board to share their thoughts on significant 2017 developments and how they expect these will impact the industry in 2018.
Experts from Adello Biologics, PA Consulting Group, Momenta Pharmaceuticals, and Avalere Health, share which trends and challenges they’re watching closely, along with how the industry could “break from tradition” in the next few years.
You may feel “tradition” is not yet a realized concept in the biosimilar industry — and I would agree with you. But this didn’t stop me from asking several experts which areas they felt could stand more attention or redirection in the future. And they left no stone unturned.
Seeing as the two biosimilars for infliximab did not fare as well as Zarxio in payers’ formulary decisions in 2018, there are a several things companies must consider as they set out to address payers’ current watch-and-wait attitude in the biosimilar market thus far.
The biosimilars market is going to heat up considerably over the next three years, but is the NHS ready for the biosimilars boom?
In part 3 of this three-part series, Basak discusses the challenges of raising funds to develop and commercialize biosimilars in India, provides advice to biosimilar companies looking to enter the market, and shares his vision of the future for biosimilars in India.
Before you sign on the dotted line, do a little digging to unearth potential costs that could turn your development program into a cash-burning exercise.
What do patient groups want from biosimilar manufacturers, and what advice can they give companies to help shape their initiatives to educate stakeholders?
In the first of this two-part article, four patient advocacy groups share the level of knowledge their members have surrounding biosimilars and what types of strategies they have enacted to educate their patients.