Breaking policy and perceptual barriers: Biosimilars

Experts from Research Partnership analyse the company’s Therapy Watch data to identify how market access policy has impacted the adoption of biosimilars. We ask – what strategies should manufacturers of both biosimilars and originator biologics consider to optimise their brand’s success?

Biologics are big business in Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA), with the first wave of TNF inhibitors Remicade (infliximab), Enbrel (etanercept) and Humira (adalimumab) all having achieved blockbuster sales since their launches in the early 2000s.

In recent years, as patents started to expire, an increasing number of branded and generic pharmaceutical companies have launched biosimilars, offering meaningful discounts relative to the originators – an appealing proposition for strained healthcare systems under pressure to contain costs.

Leveraging over two years of syndicated RA Therapy Watch data* from September 2017-December 2019 in France, Germany, UK, Italy, and Spain, we looked into what parallels could be drawn between country trends in biosimilar prescribing and individual market policies designed to promote their use.

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