In this blog response to the July 13 article "5 reasons to keep biosimilar names the same," Louis Tharp, executive director or Global Healthy Living Foundation, lists 5 reasons biosimilars must have distinguishable names.
The Healthcare Supply Chain Association (HSCA), the Generic Pharmaceutical Association (GPhA), and other healthcare stakeholders are calling on FDA to institute a clear policy for biologics and biosimilars.
In FDA's 2012 Draft Guidance on Biosimilars, the Agency called for "labeling of a proposed product to include all the information necessary for a health professional to make prescribing decisions," including clear statements of a product's approval as a biosimilar to a reference product and whether or not it has been determined to be interchangeable.
The non-profit Biosimilars Forum was launched in May 2015 to offer credible, sustained, and unbiased education about biosimilars. The founding members of the Biosimilars Forum represent the majority of companies with the most significant US biosimilars development portfolios.
FDA has issued 3 final biosimilar guidances for industry: Scientific Considerations in Demonstrating Biosimilarity to a Reference Product; Quality Considerations in Demonstrating Biosimilarity of a Therapeutic Protein Product to a Reference Product; and Biosimilars: Questions and Answers Regarding Implementation of the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act of 2009.