Patient Groups Call on FDA to Provide More Complete and Robust Biosimilars Educational Materials for Prescribers
National Coalition Offers FDA More Collaboration on Biosimilars Educational Effort
WASHINGTON, DC – February 15, 2018 – Patients for Biologics Safety & Access (PBSA), a national coalition of more than 20 patient advocacy organizations, today announced that it has submitted comments to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommending changes to their online educational effort on biosimilars targeted to prescriber audiences. In October 2017, the FDA launched a new section on their main FDA.gov website dedicated to biosimilars.
“The FDA plays a critical role in educating stakeholders and the public about biosimilars and has made a much needed start with its introduction of educational materials for prescribers,” said Larry LaMotte, Vice President of Public Policy at the Immune Deficiency Foundation and lead coordinator of PBSA. “PBSA believes that our suggested changes will help provide more complete and robust policy and clinical elements and better assure that prescribers can effectively talk to their patients about the complex world of biosimilars.”
The current FDA Biosimilars website includes information about how biosimilars are developed, reviewed, approved and how they are prescribed. In addition, the website has educational materials, including online courses, webinars, and presentations. Among their recommendations, PBSA encourages the FDA to:
- More clearly define and differentiate biosimilars and biologics;
- Define key terms like bioequivalence, approval process, and similarity throughout the website;
- Provide more examples in plain language of meaning of terms in the biosimilar process;
- Provide more information on the FDA approval processes for biosimilars and interchangeable products;
- Emphasize the importance of the patient-doctor relationship as it relates to prescribing a biologic vs. a biosimilar.
About Patients for Biologics Safety & Access
Patients for Biologics Safety & Access (PBSA) brings together a variety of patient advocacy groups with a common interest in ensuring that patients have access to safe and effective biologic medicines.