In this episode, the editorial team discusses the FDA approval of Cyltezo as the first interchangeable biosimilar for AbbVie’s Humira. The approval lends to the growing Humira biosimilars market, which will take off in 2023 with Boehringer Ingelheim’s Cyltezo and biosimilars from Amgen, Merck and Alvotech. AbbVie has been facing a lot of heat over accusations of price gouging and patent abuses to block Humira biosimilars from entering the market. The team had an interesting discussion about public perceptions of generics and biosimilars versus their originals/reference products.
Ayesha also talked about a new gene silencing treatment for porphyria called Givlaari that received recommendation from England’s NICE after having been initially rejected by the health watchdog last year. Additionally, long-term results from a late-stage trial for Givlaari were recently released, which showed that the treatment provides sustained benefit and has a good safety profile. However, the team discussed the high cost of the treatment, which is a concern for patients in countries that don’t have some form of socialized healthcare or health insurance.
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