Prescriber Perspectives on Biosimilar Adoption and Potential Role of Clinical Pharmacology: A Workshop Summary

Sophie Shubow, Qin Sun, Ai Len Nguyen Phan, Dana C. Hammell, Maureen Kane, Gary H. Lyman, Allan Gibofsky, Gary R. Lichtenstein, Zachary Bloomgarden, Raymond K. Cross, Sarah Yim, James E. Polli, Yow Ming Wang

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Abstract

The approval and adoption of biosimilar products are essential to contain increasing healthcare costs and provide more affordable choices for patients. Despite steady progress in the number of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) biosimilar approvals over the years, biosimilar adoption in the United States has been slow and gradual, largely driven by payers rather than clinicians. In order to better understand the barriers to biosimilar adoption in the clinic, the University of Maryland Center of Excellence in Regulatory Science and Innovation (M-CERSI) and the FDA jointly hosted a virtual workshop on April 13, 2022, titled “Biosimilars: A Decade of Experience and Future Directions – Strategies for Improving Biosimilar Adoption and the Potential Role of Clinical Pharmacology.” This summary documents the experiences of four leading academic clinicians with specialties in oncology, rheumatology, gastroenterology, and endocrinology and their perspectives on how to increase biosimilar adoption, including the role of clinical pharmacology. Besides systemic changes in pricing and reimbursement, there is a need for additional education of a broad range of providers, including advanced care practitioners, and patients themselves. Educational efforts highlighting the rigor of the studies that support the approval of biosimilars—including the clinical pharmacology studies—and the benefits of biosimilars, can play a major role in improving biosimilar acceptance.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)37-49
Number of pages13
JournalClinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics
Volume113
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2023

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