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How To Approach U.S. Physicians About Biosimilars

As the U.S. faces its first biosimilars for oncology, rheumatology, dermatology, and gastroenterology indications, a new publication from the Biosimilars Forum shows there’s quite a bit of work to be done to educate U.S. physicians.

How To Make The Most Of Your FDA Biosimilar Meetings

The FDA's John Jenkins shares several reasons why biosimilar makers shouldn't let their eagerness to get to market drive their development program.

How These Biosimilar Unknowns Could Impact Manufacturers

During my time covering biosimilars, I’ve grown well-versed in some of these arguments, including those around naming, labeling, and reimbursement. But several discussions in the past few months have added new layers of complexity to these issues.

What You Need To Know To Launch Biosimilars Globally

In a biosimilar conference presentation, Suzette Kox of the International and Generic and Biosimilars Medicines Association laid out the unique regulatory frameworks in several countries, highlighting the challenges facing companies planning to launch products globally. 

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