Recent Barriers and Future Insights of Biosimilars

A continuing medical education activity sponsored by NAMCP and AAMCN.

This activity is an archive from the live session at the 2017 Spring Forum. If you participated in the live session, you are not eligible for continuing education credits from this archive.

This activity is valid from June 15, 2017 to August 1, 2018

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Audience: This activity is intended for healthcare professionals practicing in managed care environments.

This educational activity is supported by educational grants from
Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals and Sandoz, A Novartis Division

A biosimilar is a biologic drug that is developed to be highly similar, but not identical, to an existing biologic. The FDA looks at biosimilars as a biological product that is similar to a US licensed biological product not including minor differences in clinically inactive components, as well as having no clinically meaningful differences between the biological product and the reference product in terms of the safety, efficacy and potency of the product. Biologic agents have revolutionized the treatment of many diseases, including breast cancer, lung cancer, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, hepatitis, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), rheumatoid arthritis, and many more. Now, with patents continuing to expire on these first biologics, biosimilar products are becoming available. These agents are expected to have a significant impact on healthcare but present a unique set of challenges for regulators, clinicians, payers, and consumers.

Upon Completion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the safety and efficacy of biosimilars in relation to biologics and generic pharmacologics

  • Assess the clinical data and evidence for current and emerging biosimilars that demonstrate biosimilarity compared to the branded products

  • Evaluate clinical implications of the manufacturing processes used to produce biosimilars in regards to the complexity and regulatory pathways

  • Discuss the different therapeutic areas that rely on biologics and how biosimilars can broaden treatment options in relation to safety and effectiveness

  • Discuss the potential cost savings associated with current and emerging biosimilars and how this could affect improved access for patients

Faculty: Steven R. Feldman, MD, PhD
Professor of Dermatology
Department of Dermatology
Wake Forest University School of Medicine


Dr. Feldman is the on the speaker's bureau for AbbVie, Celgene, Janssen, Leo Pharma, Inc, Lilly, Novartis, and Taro. He services as a consultant to AbbVie, Advance Medical, Caremark, Celgene, Galderma, Gerson Lehrman Group, Guidepoint Global, Janssen, Kikaku, Leo Pharma, Inc, Lilly, Merck, Mylan, Novartis, Pfizer, Qurient, Sanofi, Suncare Research and Xenoport. He receives grant support from AbbVie, Celgene, Galderma, Janssen, Pfizer, Qurient, Sanofi and Taro. Additionally, he receives royalties from Informa, UpToDate and Xlibris. He is a majority stock owner in Medical Quality Enhancements Corporation and is the Founder, stockholder and Chief Technology Officer for Causa Technologies. His presentation has been peer reviewed.
  Planning Committee:
Bill Williams, MD has no real or perceived financial relationships to disclose.
Katie Eads has no real or perceived financial relationships to disclose.
Will Williams has no real or perceived financial relationships to disclose.
Jacquelyn Smith, RN, BSN, MA, CMCN has no real or perceived financial relationships to disclose.

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Accreditation & Designation

The National Association of Managed Care Physicians (NAMCP) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

NAMCP designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category I creditsTM. Each physician should claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The American Association of Managed Care Nurses is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing
education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.  Nurses who complete this activity and achieve a passing score will receive 1 hour in continuing nursing credit.

This activity has been approved by the American Board of Managed Care Nursing for 1.0 contact hours toward CMCN recertification requirements.

This educational activity is supported by educational grants from
Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals and Sandoz, A Novartis Division

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