Impact of the Launch of Adalimumab Biosimilars in Different Clinical and Pharmacy Settings

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Experts talk about the impact of the launch of adalimumab biosimilar on their clinical practices and pharmacy.

This is a video synopsis/summary of a panel discussion involving Jamie T. Brogan, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC; Kostas Botsoglou, MD; Jordan Axelrad, MD, MPH; Sophia Humphreys, PharmD, MHA; and Peter Lio, MD.

The discussion examines the impact of biosimilar launches in both pharmacy and clinical settings. Initially, the adoption of biosimilars was high in oncology, but more conservative attitudes were observed among gastroenterologists and rheumatologists. However, as more data became available, steady uptake occurred, particularly in rheumatoid arthritis (RA), leading to increased comfort among physicians.

In the pharmacy setting, surveys indicate rising comfort levels with biosimilars among healthcare providers, despite initial challenges in determining coverage by insurance payers. The broader availability of biosimilars is expected to potentially lower costs, although the complexity of navigating different biosimilar options remains a challenge.

In the clinical realm, the learning curve for both patients and providers persists, with a focus on understanding coverage policies to avoid delays in treatment access. Education efforts are crucial to ensure patients receive the appropriate medication. In rheumatology, uptake was initially slow due to the availability of unformulated original products, but increased gradually with payer enforcement of switches to biosimilars.

In dermatology, however, the uptake of biologics and biosimilars lags behind other specialties, presenting an opportunity for expansion of treatment options. Overall, improving comfort levels among healthcare providers and early utilization of biosimilars hold promise for enhancing patient care, particularly in stopping disease progression in conditions like inflammatory bowel diseases.

Video synopsis is AI-generated and reviewed by HCPLive editorial staff.

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