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“Fast Facts” on Pharmacovigilance Tackles Drug Safety Issues

Drug safety issues have caused more than 200,000 patient deaths in the EU. And one in three U.S. drugs may have safety issues, explains a new “Fast Facts” from the Global Alliance for Patient Access.   The paper explores how countries track and trace prescription drug side effects – and why advanced medicine demands a stronger … Continued

Access Issues Loom Large at Munich Workshop on Biologics and Biosimilars

When should patients switch from one medicine to another for non-medical reasons? How can pharmacovigilance processes successfully monitor patients’ reactions to a medicine? And, perhaps most importantly, how do we ensure that patients are informed participants in decisions about their medication?   These questions and others framed a May 4-5 advocacy workshop in Munich, hosted … Continued

Clinical judgement first, value proposition second: drugmakers issue joint global position paper on biosimilar switching

European and global drug bodies have joined forces to send a strong message: when it comes to decisions around biosimilar switching, clinicians and patients must come first.  In a joint statement released this week, three industry trade bodies came together to stress that physicians and patients must be central to the decision-making process. They added … Continued

New Biosimilar Switching Paper Prioritizes Physician-Patient Relationship and Robust Pharmacovigilance

By Brian Kennedy, Executive Director, Global Alliance for Patient Access A new position paper from the European Crohn’s and Colitis Organisation has garnered attention from physicians and patient advocates across Europe. The paper supports switching inflammatory bowel disease patients from an infliximab biologic medicine to a biosimilar – a position that some readers have misinterpreted as an endorsement for switching all patients to … Continued

EU debate on biosimilar drugs

by Brian Kennedy and David Charles Published in the Hippocratic Post, November 15, 2016 Biosimilar medicines have been the hot subject of debate for a number of years. But as health systems around the world face continued budget squeezes and seek to increase the number of patients treated with biosimilars, the use of these less expensive … Continued

WHO Meeting Looks Forward on Distinguishable Names

By Brian Kennedy, Executive Director, Global Alliance for Patient Access This month’s World Health Organization Open Sessions with INN Stakeholders explored the value, and the future, of the biological qualifier system. The Global Alliance for Patient Access was pleased to present to WHO officials and an international group of fellow stakeholders. While there, I conveyed … Continued