As the Supreme Court decides on the fate of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), much of the focus understandably has been on the millions of people who would lose health insurance coverage and protections for pre-existing conditions if the law is overturned. Another not-so-often-discussed ramification of such a ruling is that the biosimilars market could be completely upended. While industry experts tell AIS Health that such an outcome probably will not occur, they still recommend that stakeholders prepare for this possibility.
The Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act of 2009 (BPCIA) created the 351(k) biosimilar pathway. After more than one attempt to get a stand-alone bill to pass, lawmakers made it part of the ACA, and it became law on March 23, 2010 (RSP 4/10, p. 1).