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Biosimilar drug packaging does not meet EU guidelines on readability

Analysis of 35 biosimilar medicines licensed by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) finds packaging to be more complex than recommended. None of the packaging leaflets analysed were found to be ‘easy to understand’, with sections on therapeutic indication and side effects found to be the most complex [1].

Economic considerations for biosimilars in the US

Smeeding and colleagues explore cost considerations related to biosimilars in the US, and present a broad perspective on value beyond price reduction in a recent review. 

Efficacy and safety of bevacizumab biosimilar ABP 215

Authors from the US and Europe report data from a phase III study comparing the clinical efficacy and safety of the bevacizumab biosimilar ABP 215 (Mvasi) with originator bevacizumab Avastin in patients with advanced non-squamous non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) [1].

Key considerations for biosimilars in the US

Key considerations regarding biosimilars for payers in the US are discussed in a recent review [1]. The authors explore factors promoting the uptake of biosimilars, interchangeability and naming considerations, and challenges to uptake. 

ESMO survey highlights need for education and alignment

The results of a survey carried out by the European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) on biosimilars understanding in oncologists have highlighted the need for education and worldwide alignment [1].

Phase III clinical trials started for adalimumab biosimilars

Phase III clinical trials have been started for adalimumab biosimilars from Alvotech and Celltrion.

How can EU policymakers access the potential of biosimilars

Policymakers in Europe should introduce a long-term, multi-stakeholder framework to realize the full potential of off-patent biologicals and biosimilar drugs, according to the results of a series of roundtable discussions held with clinicians, government bodies and industry representatives [1].

Comparison of autoinjectors for inflammatory joint or bowel disease

Imraldi is a biosimilar of the antitumour necrosis factor (TNF) monoclonal antibody adalimumab. It was approved in Europe in August 2017 for the treatment of various inflammatory conditions [1].

Clinician biosimilar prescribing habits and need for education

At present, biosimilar prescribing and clinical use remain contingent on individual healthcare provider preferences. Although novel legislation and policy continue to promote biosimilar drug development, clinician hesitancies curtail biosimilar use in practice, thereby limiting overall market uptake. Findings from a recently published systematic review indicate that clinicians in Europe and the US do not primarily support the use of biosimilars as safe and effective therapies in patients already receiving originator biological treatment [1].

Comparison of Brazilian regulations for follow-on biologicals with EMA, FDA and WHO

Authors Marcos Renato de Assis and Valdair Pinto outline the strengths and weaknesses of the Brazilian regulation on follow-on biologicals and compare  regulations in Europe, the US and the world [1].