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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

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

Remsima and Inflectra not inferior to Remicade, NOR-SWITCH study finds

A two year-long Phase IV study has shown Celltrion’s infliximab biosimilar is not inferior to its originator Remicade, but a physician group still urges caution when switching. However, the Global Alliance for Patient Access (GAfPA) – a US non-profit physician group funded by major biopharma and biosimilar makers – expressed its concerns that the results … Continued

Nordic Patient Groups Tackle Biosimilar Policy Issues

Originally published at Institute for Patient Access Biosimilar medicines are being prescribed more and more freely across Europe. But access to, and use of, these new medicines differs greatly depending on which European country you live in.  A recent workshop by the Global Alliance for Patient Access allowed patient advocates from across Europe’s Nordic region … Continued

GAfPA Asks: What are the Critical International Barriers to Patient Access?

Healthy lives and well-being for all are among the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals for 2030. The U.N. calls for “access to quality essential health-care services and access to safe, effective, quality and affordable essential medicines and vaccines for all.” But getting necessary medical care to communities across the globe is no simple task. So at … Continued

Global Poster Presentations Convey Need for Distinct Biosimilar Names

Patient advocates have teamed up to take an important message to European physicians and policymakers: distinct names for biosimilar medications are essential. The Global Alliance for Patient Access and the Alliance for Safe Biologic Medicines recently presented posters at two European health policy meetings. The posters feature survey data from physicians to highlight the need … Continued

NORSWITCH Meeting Invites Dialogue on Biosimilar Switching

As more biosimilars become available globally, clinicians are eager to understand: How does switching between biological medicines affect patients? On June 13, the Global Alliance for Patient Access hosted an international group of physicians, researchers and patient advocates in London to take a closer look at one source of clinical data on switching – the … Continued