Biosimilars (biosimilar medicines) are copy versions of biopharmaceutical products for which the patent protection has expired. These medicines offer the same quality, safety and efficacy as their reference products at a more affordable price, thus providing access of biological therapies to more patients.
Biosimilars are approved by regulatory authorities, such as EMA or FDA, following a stringent review process, ensuring equivalent quality, safety and efficacy as the reference product. Biosimilars help to treat many diseases, such as autoimmune diseases or cancer.
There is 10 years of experience with biosimilars in Europe, with the first biosimilar approved in 2006. Since then, EU-approved biosimilar medicines have already generated more than 400 million patient days of clinical experience worldwide. Biosimilars are allowing for a broader use of biologics therapies, and they will further transform healthcare by increasing patient access and contributing to the sustainability of healthcare systems.
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