Assessing the Value of Biosimilars: The Current and Future Impact on Patient Outcomes

A continuing medical education activity sponsored by NAMCP and AAMCN.

This activity is an archive from the live session from the 2018 Spring Managed Care Forum. If you participated in the live session, you are not eligible for continuing education credits from this archive.

This activity is valid from August 1, 2018 to August 1, 2019

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

This presentation is supported by an educational grant from
Sandoz Inc., a Novartis Division

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. Biosimilars are expected to have a significant impact on healthcare but present a unique set of challenges for regulators, clinicians, payers, and consumers. The development of new biologics may be a big step in effectively treating diseases for which there are currently no cures. At present, there are biosimilars for filgrastim, infliximab, etanercept, adalimumab, trastuzumab, and bevacizumab. The FDA looks at biosimilars as a biological product that is similar to a U.S. 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. Recent and upcoming patent expirations for some of the most commonly used biologic agents have led to the development of biosimilar products. Evidence suggests that clinicians need to be continually educated about the multiple aspects of biosimilars, including the underlying scientific principles, the development and regulatory pathways, how to use them in clinical practice, as well as educating their patients about their value.

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

  • Assess the efficacy and safety data for biosimilar products in relation to the data for their reference biological products

  • Analyze the latest advances, available clinical data, and emerging research surrounding biosimilar treatments and their impact on the standard of care

  • Explore the clinical, cost, and regulatory considerations that impact the integration of oncology biosimilar treatments into clinical pathways

  • Discuss how the availability of biosimilars will impact formulary diagnostic criteria and tier placement

  • Evaluate the benefits and challenges of integrating emerging biosimilars into different treatment pathways

Faculty: Robert M. Rifkin, MD, FACP
Medical Director, Biosimilars
Associate Chair, US Oncology Hematology Research
The US Oncology Network


Dr. Rifkin serves on an advisory board for Amgen, Coherus, Mylan, Pfizer and Sandoz. His presentation has been peer reviewed for any bias.
  Planning Committee:
Bill Williams, MD has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.
Jeremy Williams has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.
Jacqueline Cole, RN, MS, CMCN has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

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NAMCP designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category I creditsTM.

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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 presentation is supported by an educational grant from
Sandoz Inc., a Novartis Division

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