What is a biosimilar?

Monday June 24, 2019

Dr. Sameer Awsare, Internal Medicine Physician and Associate Executive Director at Kaiser Permanente Medical Group, sat down with the Biosimilars Council to talk about biosimilars, their benefits and the hurdles to adoption in the United States.

Dr. Awsare works closely with patients who are directly impacted by the promise of biosimilars. His knowledge of the industry and work with Kaiser Permanente – a leader driving the adoption of biosimilars – gives him a unique perspective on this important issue.

TRANSCRIPT

Dr. Sameer Awsare: “Biologics and biosimilars are actually the same thing. They are both biologics – one of them is similar to the original reference product. They come from live cells so even though they are called biosimilars they are not exactly the same compound, but they have the same source of characteristics and they have the same kinds of effects when we treat conditions.”

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About AAM

AAM is driven by the belief that access to safe, quality, effective medicine has a tremendous impact on a person’s life and the world around them. Generic and biosimilar medicines improve people’s lives, improving society and the economy in turn. AAM represents the manufacturers and distributors of finished generic pharmaceuticals and biosimilars, manufacturers and distributors of bulk pharmaceutical chemicals, and suppliers of other goods and services to the generic industry. Generic pharmaceuticals are 90 percent of prescriptions dispensed in the U.S. but only 22 percent of total drug spending.

About the Biosimilars Council

The Biosimilars Council, a division of the Association for Accessible Medicines (AAM), works to ensure a positive environment for patient access to biosimilar medicines. The Biosimilars Council is a leading source for information about the safety and efficacy of more affordable alternatives to costly brand biologic medicines. Areas of focus include public and health expert education, strategic partnerships, government affairs, legal affairs and regulatory policy. More information is available at www.biosimilarscouncil.org.

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