Biosimilars explained – what is a biosimilar and should I prescribe them in practice?

Learning objectives:

  • What is a biologic and a biosimilar? Consider the complexity of biologics and how biosimilars are different from generic medicines. How is a biosimilar different from the reference biologic, and how this compares with batch-to-batch variations within the reference medicine
  • How are biosimilars developed? Consider the different stages including the comparative quality, non-clinical and non-clinical studies
  • How are biosimilars approved? Consider EMA’s approval process and their experience of biosimilars
  • What is NICE’s guidance on biosimilars implementation? Article:
  • Why should we use biosimilars? Consider the potential cost saving and the opportunity to improve access for new innovative medicines

Thursday 15th November 2018

12:05 - 12:35

Primary, Community & Specialist Care


GP Partner & Medical Education & Scottish Lead, North Berwick Health Centre, GPwSI Diabetes, Primary Care Diabetes Society

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