Biosimilars: Not simply generics

Celia Lu, Elsen C. Jacob

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With the entry of biosimilars into the U.S. market, it is important for pharmacists to understand these products and how they differ from generic medications. Unlike generics, biosimilars are not identical to the reference biological product. Because biological products are made using living cells and processes, they may have minor differences from the reference product. For approval, biosimilars must demonstrate that these differences are not clinically meaningful. Nonetheless, certain factors should be considered when a switch from the reference product to a biosimilar is contemplated. For this reason, pharmacists have an opportunity to educate patients and providers to ensure appropriate use.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages14
Specialist publicationU.S. Pharmacist
StatePublished - Jun 2019
Externally publishedYes


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