CVS Health is getting into the biosimilars business, the company said in late August, and will officially enter the market on Jan. 1 in partnership with a Humira biosimilar. CVS stressed the importance of driving use of biosimilars and ensuring their supply, which sources say is a positive development. But one industry source questions whether the new company raises potential conflict-of-interest issues.
On Aug. 23, CVS revealed that it had launched the wholly owned subsidiary Cordavis to commercialize and/or co-produce biosimilars in collaboration with drug manufacturers. “Through Cordavis, CVS Health intends to develop a portfolio of products that it expects will facilitate broader access to biosimilars in the U.S. — creating more competition that drives down prices — while encouraging investment in future products,” said the company in a press release.