Over time, clinicians have become increasingly comfortable embracing the prescription of biosimilars—highly similar versions of innovator or reference biological agents—for their patients with inflammatory diseases. Although a switch from a reference product to a licensed biosimilar version (or vice versa) is a medical decision robustly supported by the stepwise accumulation of clinical trial evidence concerning comparable safety, immunogenicity, and efficacy between these products, a switch from one biosimilar to another biosimilar of the same reference product, or a cross-switch, is not. Similarity among biosimilars of a reference product is not a regulatory agency concern and therefore is unlikely to be investigated in randomized controlled trials in the foreseeable future. Yet in clinical practice, across a diverse range of patients, the option to cross-switch from one biosimilar to another can and does arise for valid reasons such as convenience or tolerability issues, or driven by third parties (e.g., payers). In the absence of clinical trial data, clinicians must attempt to objectively evaluate the emerging real-world cross-switching evidence within the context of what is known about the science underpinning a designation of biosimilar. That knowledge then needs to be integrated with what clinicians know about their patients and their disease on a case-by-case basis. This review aims to consolidate relevant emerging real-world data and other key information about biosimilar-to-biosimilar cross-switching for prescribing clinicians. In the absence of clear clinical guidelines addressing this topic at present, this review may serve to facilitate discretionary and educated treatment decision making.
Via deze link komt u bij het artikel uit Drugs magazine d.d. 14 september 2021 van:
Eduardo Mysler · Valderilio Feijó Azevedo · Silvio Danese · Daniel Alvarez · Noriko Iikuni · Beverly Ingram · Markus Mueller · Laurent Peyrin-Biroulet
met als titel:
Biosimilarto-Biosimilar Switching: What is the Rationale and Current Experience?