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Merck launches biosimilars educational resource for patients Posted 21/10/2016

US pharma giant Merck (known as MSD outside the US and Canada) has launched an online resource intended to be used as an educational platform for patients, caregivers and the healthcare community.

The company announced the launch of Biosimilars Clarified (www.merckclarifiesbiosimilars.com) on 14 October 2016. According to Merck, the website will discuss commonly asked information about biosimilars and is designed to provide clear, concise and straightforward information about biosimilars.

The website ‘offers a host of informative features in a simple, easy-to-use question-and-answer format’, covering topics including:
• What are biological medicines
• Biosimilars – are they safe and effective
• The value of biosimilars and increasing access to treatment
• The availability of support programmes for patients taking biosimilars

Merck has a biosimilars development and commercialization agreement in place with Samsung Bioepis (Samsung and Biogen’s joint venture) through which it has six biosimilars programmes either in phase III development or approved (adalimumab, etanercept, infliximab, insulin glargine, trastuzumab [1] and bevacizumab) in Merck licensed territories. Product approvals in Merck territories include Brenzys (etanercept) in South Korea, Australia and Canada [2] and Renflexis (infliximab) in South Korea [3]. 

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References
1. GaBI Online - Generics and Biosimilars Initiative. Merck outlines biosimilars programme [www.gabionline.net]. Mol, Belgium: Pro Pharma Communications International; [cited 2016 Oct 21]. Available from: www.gabionline.net/Biosimilars/News/Merck-outlines-biosimilars-programme
2. GaBI Online - Generics and Biosimilars Initiative. Biosimilars of etanercept [www.gabionline.net]. Mol, Belgium: Pro Pharma Communications International; [cited 2016 Oct 21]. Available from: www.gabionline.net/Biosimilars/General/Biosimilars-of-etanercept
3. GaBI Online - Generics and Biosimilars Initiative. Biosimilars of infliximab [www.gabionline.net]. Mol, Belgium: Pro Pharma Communications International; [cited 2016 Oct 21]. Available from: www.gabionline.net/Biosimilars/General/Biosimilars-of-infliximab

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