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New Primer Co-Authored by Novation Describes Potential Impact of Biosimilars on Pharmacy Practice; Opportunity for Hospitals to Manage Drug Expenditures
Date:11/20/2013

IRVING, Texas, Nov. 20, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Health systems professionals should prepare now for the introduction of biosimilars, a new category of pharmaceuticals intended to offer lower cost alternatives for some of the most expensive medications purchased by health care organizations.  This insight comes from newly published research co-authored by Novation, the leading health care supply chain expertise, analytics and contracting company.

The primer, "Biosimilars: Implications for health-system pharmacists," appears in the Nov. 15 issue of the American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy (AJHP).  The peer-reviewed article provides an update on the scientific, regulatory, and clinical practice considerations that are continuing to shape the developing market of biosimilars in the United States. Unlike generic small molecules, biosimilars represent a greater level of complexity in design, manufacturing, and potential for immunogenicity.  As a result, they will require more robust clinical evaluation prior to formulary adoption.  Health care practitioners, particularly pharmacists, must take action now to enable their organizations to realize the full extent of value offered by these products.

According to lead author Steven Lucio, PharmD, BCPS, senior director, Clinical Solutions and Pharmacy Program Development, Novation, "While the development of biosimilars has been slow, we are rapidly approaching a point in time where these products no longer reside in only theoretical terms. Health-system pharmacists must recognize the unique molecular and manufacturing characteristics that differentiate small molecules from biologics and prepare to entertain clinical safety and efficacy discussions of biosimilars. Fortunately, we have the European e
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