Oncology Consults: The Latest on the Biosimilar Revolution

Oncology Consults: The Latest on the Biosimilar Revolution

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This activity is supported by an educational grant from Amgen.

RELEASE DATE:

June 28, 2019

EXPIRATION DATE:

June 27, 2020

FACULTY

Sanjiv S. Agarwala, MD
Chief of Medical Oncology and Hematology
St. Luke's Cancer Center
Bethlehem, PA
Professor of Medicine
Temple University
Philadelphia, PA
Disclosures: No relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Ali McBride, PharmD, MS, BCOP, FASHP, FAzPA
Clinical Coordinator of Hematology/Oncology
The University of Arizona Cancer Center
Clinical Assistant Professor
The University of Arizona College of Pharmacy
Phoenix, AZ
Disclosures: Consulting Fee: Amgen, Sandoz

Reviewers:

Ronald A. Codario, MD, FACP, FNLA, RPVI, CHCP
Disclosures: No relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Jennifer Frederick, PharmD, BCPS
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Credit Designation

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This enduring material is approved for 1 year from the date of original release, June 28, 2019 to June 27, 2020.

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Overview

Several of the most-used cancer drugs are biologics, and many, including rituximab, bevacizumab, and trastuzumab, have biosimilars available and others that are currently in late-stage clinical development. In the United States, biosimilars have been approved for use since September 2015, yet oncologists, oncology nurses, and pharmacists lack knowledge regarding the differences between biosimilars and their reference products, as well as the clinical implications of biosimilars. Moreover, considering these knowledge gaps, providers are ill-equipped to discuss biosimilars with their patients, which negatively impacts shared decision-making and patient-centered care. This continuing education activity, led by expert clinicians, will educate oncology health care professionals about the latest advances regarding the use biosimilars and how they can be applied in oncology practice.

Target Audience

The intended audience for this activity is oncologists, oncology pharmacists, and other health care professionals involved in the management of patients with cancer who may benefit from biologic therapy.

Learning Objectives

Upon successful completion of this activity, participants should be better able to:

  • Explain the differences between biologics and their reference biologic compound in terms of structure, manufacturing, regulation, and/or clinical properties.
  • Evaluate the current FDA standards to evaluate and approve biosimilars and implications for providers, payors, and patients.
  • Assess the latest evidence regarding available and late-stage biosimilars.
  • Assess effective strategies to address common patient concerns regarding the use of biosimilars.

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