The term “biosimilars” (“follow-on biologics” in the USA) has been used by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) to describe officially-approved subsequent versions of innovator biotechnological products made by a different competitor after the patent and exclusivity rights have expired.1 Biosimilars pose a problem to the clinician who is bound to require guidance on how best to capitalize on these new pharmacological opportunities. In its mandate to promote the best hematologic care, the Italian Society of Hematology (SIE) and the affiliate societies SIES (Società Italiana di Ematologia Sperimentale) and GITMO (Gruppo Italiano Trapianto di Midollo Osseo) convened an expert panel to produce a position paper on the two marketed biosimilars in hematology, i.e. epoetin and filgrastim. The panel of 8 experts was selected according to the conceptual framework elements of the NIH Consensus Development Program.2 Panel bias was minimized by eliminating from consideration strong advocates for or against the use of biosimilars. Each panel member was asked to disclose any tie he or she may have had with pharmaceutical companies manufacturing the drugs considered in the paper in the last five years. The project was conducted independently from any pharmaceutical company which sold either conventional drugs or biosimilars.
|Autori:||BAROSI G; BOSI A; ABBRACCHIO MP; DANESI R; GENAZZANI A; CORRADINI P; PANE F; TURA|
|Titolo:||Key concepts and critical issues on epoetin and filgrastim biosimilars. A position paper from the Italian Society of Hematology, Italian Society of Experimental Hematology, and Italian Group for Bone Marrow Transplantation|
|Anno del prodotto:||2011|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||10.3324/haematol.2011.041210|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|