UK’s NHS Releases Patient Education Material to Prep for Adalimumab Biosimilar

Sep 26, 2018 | Adalimumab, Biosimilars, Patient Safety, Pharmaceutical, UK

Samantha DiGrande writing for Center for Biosimilars reports last week the National Health Service’s (NHS) Specialist Pharmacy Service released resources for clinicians to use with patients in the discussions around switching from the reference Humira to a biosimilar. The resources include a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document, as well as a template of patient letter with information about what the switch might mean for them. The FAQ document includes background information about biologics and biosimilars, answering questions such as “What is a biosimilar?” and “Are biosimilars safe?” It also includes the reasoning behind why NHS will be instituting the switch, stating that, “Biosimilar medicines represent very good value for the NHS since they are often much less costly than the originator medicine. The NHS is asking clinical teams, in discussion with individual patients, to use more biosimilar medicines so that the money saved can be reinvested in new medicines and treatments.”

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