Savings From Interchangeable Biosimilars May Be Muted

The month of October brought two important developments for interchangeable biosimilars, which industry observers have long hoped will help increase uptake of lower-cost versions of complex biologic drugs.

On Oct. 15, the FDA approved Cyltezo, the first interchangeable biosimilar version of blockbuster autoimmune condition treatment Humira. And on Oct. 20, Cigna Corp.-owned Express Scripts revealed that it will now prefer Semglee — the first FDA-approved interchangeable biosimilar on the U.S. market — over the branded long-acting insulin Lantus on the PBM’s largest formulary.

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Leslie Small

Leslie has been reporting and editing in various journalism roles for nearly a decade. Most recently, she was the senior editor of FierceHealthPayer, an e-newsletter covering the health insurance industry. A graduate of Penn State University, she previously served in editing roles at newspapers in Pennsylvania, Virginia and Colorado.

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