Biosimilars in Action at ASH 2018

Posted by Prateek Yadav on Dec 21, 2018 9:12:11 AM

Amy Leigh Niedzwecki co-wrote this blog post with Prateek Yadav.

At the 2018 Annual Society of Hematology (ASH) Annual Meeting, held Dec. 1-4 in San Diego, biosimilars were often top of mind. Within the hematology and oncology space, Rituxan (rituximab), Neupogen (filgrastim) and Neulasta (pegfilgrastim) are currently the most sought-after biologics for developing biosimilars, and the studies presented at the conference were limited to these three blockbuster biologics.

Here are our top three takeaways from this year’s event:


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MACRA: A Stepping-Stone for Broader Changes

Posted by Christina Corridon on Dec 11, 2017 12:00:00 PM

Howard Deutsch co-wrote this blog post with Christina Corridon.

In its current form, the Medicare Access and CHIP (Children’s Health Insurance Program) Reauthorization Act (MACRA) of 2015 directly impacts the reimbursement rates and methodology of the physician fee schedule under Medicare Part B. However, MACRA is unlikely to have a significant impact on physician behavior or drug choice. Nonetheless, MACRA is part of a larger transition of payment based on volume to payment based on value (quality and cost reduction). Physicians will be penalized for continuing with “business as usual,” and newfound attention to tracking and reporting outcomes will be rewarded.


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How to Pay for Transformative Cell and Gene Therapies

Posted by Bernadette Bourjolly on Oct 13, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Malik Kaman co-wrote this blog post with Bernadette Bourjolly. 

After two decades of failures and setbacks, it’s an exciting time in the field of cell and gene therapies as we witness pioneering advances in a wide range of indications in areas including blood cancers, immunodeficiency and ophthalmology. While cell and gene therapies represent a potential paradigm shift for the treatment of cancer and rare genetic disorders, funding and reimbursement of these unconventional therapies pose major challenges. 


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ESMO 2017: Examining New Models to Define, Measure and Pay for Value

Posted by Richard Secker-Johnson on Sep 27, 2017 11:08:36 AM

Can true value-based pricing ever be a reality in Europe? If the answer is no, we may well be headed towards a price/access “crisis” as rising oncology costs continue to outstrip country healthcare budgets. If the answer is yes, it certainly seems like there’s still a long way to go.


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A New Era of Biosimilars in Oncology: Four Themes From ESMO 2017

Posted by Christina Corridon on Sep 21, 2017 12:30:53 PM

The European healthcare landscape has more than a decade of in-market experience with supportive care biosimilars. However, we’re entering a new era for biosimilars in oncology with the recent launch of therapeutic biosimilars in the EU.

At the recent European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) Congress, held Sept. 8-12 in Madrid, the European medical industry came together for clinical data updates, expertise-sharing and advisory guidance. There were six presentations on biosimilars at the event, including those sponsored by biosimilar manufacturers. Consistent across many sessions were four core themes:


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