Improving Patient Access To Biosimilar Drugs: Two Key Barriers

Novel biologic medicines have unlocked a new frontier offering more effective treatment for a host of chronic and life-threatening diseases, such as varieties of cancer, rheumatoid arthritis and diabetes, to name just a few. However, these drugs being hugely expensive, … Continue reading

Is Criticizing Pharma Now Just A Fad?

Is criticizing pharma now just a fad of its stakeholders? Fathoming the right answer to this seemingly simple question may not be too easy, either, for some. The task could even be more onerous, especially when the global ‘researched based’ … Continue reading

An Emerging Yo-Yo Syndrome With Biosimilar Drugs

Competition from Biosimilar drugs poses a threat of a combined revenue loss of estimated US$ 110 billion of those pharma players who are still enjoying market monopoly with patented biologic brands. This is expected to surely happen, in the long … Continue reading

Biosimilar Drugs: First Indian Foot Print In An Uncharted Frontier

A homegrown Indian biologic manufacturer is now about to leave behind its first foot-print, with a ‘made in India’ biosimilar drug, in one of the largest pharma market of the world. This was indeed an uncharted frontier, and a dream … Continue reading

Biosimilar Drugs: Why Prescriptions Aren’t Still Enough?

On September 3, 2015, in a Press Release, Novartis announced, “Zarxio(TM) (filgrastim-sndz) is now available in the United States. Zarxio is the first biosimilar approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the first to launch in the … Continue reading

A Great News! But…Would This ‘Golden Goose’ Lay Golden Eggs?

On December 9, 2014, international media flashed across the world a great news item from the Indian pharma industry: “The first biosimilar of the world’s top-selling medicine Humira (adalimumab) of AbbVie has been launched in India by Zydus Cadila.” This … Continue reading

Does Patent Expiry Matter Less For Difficult To Copy Drugs?

“Patent expiry matters much less for difficult to copy drugs”. Not so long ago, this is what many used to believe in the pharma industry. However, looking at the current trend involving the tech savvy generic players, it appears, gone … Continue reading

Scandalizing Biosimilar Drugs With Safety Concerns

With the patent expiry of exorbitantly priced biologic medicines, introduction of biosimilar drugs are expected to improve their access to millions of patients across the world, saving billions of dollars in healthcare costs in the subsequent years. According to an … Continue reading