Key figures of biosimilar medicines in France

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At the online session of BIOS 22, Biosimilar medicines: changing patient care pathways, changing outcomes, speaker Nadia Amer, Health Economist Analyst at the Health Product Department in the Caisse Nationale d’Assurance Maladie (CNAM) in France, delivered a presentation based on concrete examples and experiences of biosimilar medicines in France [1].

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Her presentation included some key figures about the biosimilar market in France. Biosimilars turnover is growing very rapidly. It had been multiplied by 5.6 times over the past five years and it reached Euros 1.6 billion in 2021. More than half of turnover is generated by hospital (54%) and community pharmacies (46%). Biosimilars represent almost half (48%) of the biological market and a 3% of the total pharmaceutical market.

However, and despite these growing numbers, the penetration rate is quite low with 25% on average measured as volume share of drugs delivered in the community whether prescribed by hospital- or community-based practitioners, see Figure 1,. This is far from the objective of 80% that was to be achieved by 2023.

Figure 1: Heterogenous penetration rate (volume share, community)

In a series of the next two articles, the incentives and challenges of biosimilar medicines in France will be discussed.

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1. Biosimilar medicines: changing patient care pathways, changing outcomes. Webinar BIOS 22. 28 April 2022, Thursday. Speaker: Nadia Amer, Health Economics Analyst, Health Product Department, Caisse Nationale d’Assurance Maladie (CNAM), France.

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Source: CNAM 2021 data

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