LAKE FOREST, Illinois, Aug. 13, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Hospira, Inc. (NYSE: HSP) applauds the UK's National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) for developing and issuing a new adoption resource to further support the introduction of biosimilar infliximab, including Hospira's Inflectra™, allowing patients greater access to these expensive treatments and greater choice for physicians.
The recently published adoption resource entitled, "Introducing biosimilar versions of infliximab: Inflectra and Remsima," provides practical advice on how to effectively introduce biosimilars into clinical practice, as well as a process to implement a well-managed and safe switching program from reference biologics to biosimilars. Through case studies, the resource highlights how biosimilars can help lead to a more sustainable healthcare system and can help improve patient access to high cost biologic medicines.
This new resource underlines the opportunities for cost-savings and re-investment, stating that "the use of biosimilars can reduce costs, allowing more treatment with new medicines as long as the appropriate follow-up and monitoring systems are in place to manage risk and patient needs and expectations."1 According to NICE, "Biosimilars have the potential to offer the NHS considerable cost savings, especially as biological medicines are often expensive and are often used to treat long-term conditions."2
This reinvestment offers a new basis for sustainable healthcare through "close collaboration and trust between clinicians, hospital management and CCGs, with all parties being appropriately incentivised to deliver high quality patient care and cost savings."3
Since launching the first biosimilar monoclonal antibody (mAb), Inflectra in the UK in February 2015, Hospira has continued to work with payers and clinicians in supporting the introduction of Inflectra into their care pathways safely and effectively.
"Inflectra continues to provide an alternative, potentially more affordable treatment option for people suffering from severe, debilitating diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and inflammatory bowel disease while maintaining comparable quality, efficacy and safety to the reference product," said Paul Greenland, vice president, Biologics, Hospira.
Hospira is the only U.S.-based company currently marketing biosimilars in the highly regulated markets of Europe and Australia, where we have seen biosimilars help to decrease the costs of biologics by 20 to 30 percent. This has allowed European healthcare systems to reduce their healthcare spending, while at the same time increasing patient access to these important biologic medicines.
Hospira, Inc. is the world's leading provider of injectable drugs and infusion technologies, and a global leader in biosimilars. Through its broad, integrated portfolio, Hospira is uniquely positioned to Advance Wellness™ by improving patient and caregiver safety while reducing healthcare costs. The company is headquartered in Lake Forest, Ill. Learn more at www.hospira.com. For more information about biosimilars, please visit www.biosimilarfacts.com.
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1 Introducing biosimilar versions of infliximab: Inflectra and Remsima
2 Introducing biosimilar versions of infliximab: Inflectra and Remsima; Chapter 2 Background on biosimilar medicines
3 Insights from the NHS: managing the introduction of biosimilar medicines - University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust
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