Resources

Please see the resources below to learn more about the issues surrounding the use of biosimilars. 

Latest Resources

September 11, 2017

Physician Groups Comment on Biosimilar Reimbursement: Urge CMS to Adopt Unique Billing Codes

BPC urged CMS to revise their current payment policy for biosimilars by adopting unique HCPCS billing codes otherwise known as J-codes. BPC and member groups call for CMS to not take a generic approach for biosimilars medicines that are, according to scientific fact, not identical to their reference products as generics are. The groups support CMS’ intent to create competition in the market, but believe that different reimbursement levels for different biosimilars will go beyond promoting competition and will help to create a more robust market while protecting patient safety. Read More ›

September 11, 2017

Physician Groups Urge CMS to Adopt Unique Billing Codes for Biosimilar Reimbursement Policy

On September 11th, 2017, BPC and five other physician groups urged the CMS to revise their current payment policy for biosimilars by adopting unique HCPCS billing codes otherwise known as J-codes. The groups – Alliance for Patient Access, American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, American College of Rheumatology, American Gastroenterological Association, Biologics Prescribers Collaborative and the Coalition of State Rheumatology Organizations – support CMS’ intent to create competition in the market, but believe that different reimbursement levels for different biosimilars will go beyond promoting competition and will help to create a more robust market while protecting patient safety. Read More ›

May 19, 2017

Physician Groups Comment on FDA Interchangeability Guidance: Urge for Robust Data

BPC thanks FDA for its thoughtful draft guidance “Considerations in Demonstrating Interchangeability with a Reference Product" and submitted a comment providing our perspective. When final, the guidance will provide important scientific information for manufacturers to consider when seeking licensure for proposed interchangeable products. Once available, it is critical that we, as prescribers, have all of the information we need to make informed decisions with our patients.  Read More ›

May 19, 2017

Physician Groups Applaud FDA for Interchangeability Draft Guidance, Urge for Robust Data

On Friday, May 19, 2017, six groups representing a broad spectrum of biologic prescribers – AfPA, AACE, ACR, AGA, BPC and CSRO – submitted a comment to FDA commending the agency for its thoughtful draft guidance entitled “Considerations in Demonstrating Interchangeability with a Reference Product.” BPC believes that, once available, this guidance will ensure prescribers have more of the information necessary to make informed decisions with their patients. As FDA continues to develop the draft guidance, BPC urges the agency to promote transparency and patient safety by paying particular attention to the data, including robust clinical switching studies, required to demonstrate interchangeability. Read More ›

May 5, 2017

Educational Video: Biosimilars - The Path to Approval

View BPC's educational video, "Biosimilars: The Path to Approval" to learn why biosimilars can never be precisely duplicated, how indication extrapolation works and more on the rigorous, but abbreviated path to approval. Doctors and patients can have a degree of confidence in the safety of biosimilars, yet will have much to learn as their use increases in the clinical practice.  Read More ›

April 27, 2017

The State of Biosimilars Policy: A White Paper from Biologics Prescribers Collaborative

The Biologics Prescribers Collaborative provides a white paper on "The State of Biosimilars Policy" to educate policy makers as they take actions to encourage the development of these medicines while protecting patient safety and the prescribers’ need for transparent medical data. BPC hopes to ensure that policies governing the approval and use of biosimilars are crafted carefully to include the latest science, reflect clinical best practice, and uphold patient safety. As prescribers of biologics, our unique and important perspective about their use is presented in this white paper, and we will continue to provide Congress and the Administration education to create the needed rigorous policy framework that will promote access to and safe use of biosimilars for the millions of patients in America who could benefit from these medicines.  Read More ›

April 11, 2017

Updated Handbook - The Biosimilar Promise: An Introduction for Prescribers

The Biologics Prescribers Collaborative is pleased to publish the 2nd edition of our educational handbook, which serves as an introductory primer to key biologic and biosimilar issues. The biosimilars age has arrived with the promise of an expanding array of therapeutic options for patients and physicians battling serious diseases and conditions. As prescribers of biologics, we believe that realizing the biosimilar promise requires awareness of the differences between biosimilars and generics, and among biologics themselves, as well as an understanding of the distinctive therapeutic choices they represent. This introductory handbook provides an overview of the key issues. Read More ›

February 13, 2017

Physician Groups on FDA Biologics Naming Guidance; Disappointed in ‘Random’ Suffix

BPC applauds the FDA for issuing final guidance calling for distinguishable names for all biologic medicines. However, as the BPC has voiced to FDA, we remain concerned with “random” suffixes called for in the guidance. As physicians who routinely prescribe biologic medicines, we believe a memorable suffix is needed. One that reflects the manufacturer of the medicine is immediately recognizable and would facilitate prompt, accurate adverse event reporting by patients and physicians to the correct manufacturer and that manufacturer's mandated reporting to FDA. Read More ›

January 16, 2017

FDA Releases Final Guidance for ‘Nonproprietary Naming of Biological Products’

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday released its final guidance for industry on the "Nonproprietary Naming of Biological Products." The move generated positive reaction from physician groups and other health professionals.   Read More ›

January 12, 2017

BPC Statement Applauding FDA for Distinguishable Biologics Naming; Disappointed in ‘Random’ Suffix

The Biologics Prescribers Collaborative (BPC) applauds the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for issuing final guidance calling for distinguishable names for all biologic medicines. This policy is an important win for patients and physicians because distinguishable naming is essential for pharmacovigilance, patient safety and transparency. However, as the BPC has voiced to FDA, we remain concerned with  “random” suffixes called for in this guidance. Read More ›