This activity provides patient and practice-specific biosimilars content for clinicians in rheumatology practice.
Pinpointing the Top Questions about Biosimilars in Rheumatology
- Guest: Leonard H. Calabrese, DO
- Guest: John R. Tesser, MD
Upon completion of the activity, participants should be able to:
- Define biosimilars, extrapolation indications, and interchangeability on the basis of FDA definitions and guidance
- Explain the similarities/differences between biosimilars and originator (reference) biologics, as well as the difference between the terms biosimilar and generic
- Evaluate key aspects of current FDA guidance that inform the health care provider’s knowledge of the biosimilar approval process, manufacturing, and naming, as well as state regulations surrounding substitution practices
- Apply foundational knowledge on biosimilars to clinical situations relevant to rheumatology practice
This activity is provided by The France Foundation.
This activity is intended for rheumatologists.
Statement of Need
Many clinicians are lacking knowledge regarding exactly what biosimilars are, how they are formulated, and how they differ from originator biologic agents. Clinicians also lack clear, accurate, and thorough information regarding the regulatory review and approval process, and related FDA guidance, including the process for/meaning of extrapolated indications and interchangeability designations. Despite the fact that some biosimilar agents are now FDA-approved and many more are expected for review/approval in the near future, practicing rheumatologists are not currently equipped with adequate knowledge regarding specific agents and how to safely and effectively apply them to actual practice, as well as respond to patient questions regarding efficacy and safety concerns.
Leonard H. Calabrese, DO
Professor of Medicine
Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University
R.J. Fasenmyer Chair of Clinical Immunology
Orthopaedic & Rheumatologic Institute
John R. Tesser, MD
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Division of Clinical Education
Midwestern University, Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine
Arizona Arthritis & Rheumatology Associates
Theodore Bruno, MD
Chief Medical Officer
The France Foundation
Old Lyme, Connecticut
Cassandra M. Calabrese, DO
Fellow – Rheumatology and Infectious Disease
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Activity Staff Disclosures
The planners, reviewers, editors, staff, CME committee, or other members at The France Foundation who control content have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.
Faculty Disclosures-Content Creators/Activity Faculty
The following faculty report that they have relevant financial relationships to disclose:
- Leonard H. Calabrese, DO, has served as a consultant for AbbVie, Bristol Myers-Squibb, Centocor Biotech, Genentech, GSK, Horizon, Janssen and Pfizer. He has received honoraria from Crescendo Bioscience.
- John R. Tesser, MD, has served as a consultant for Amgen, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Crescendo Biosciences/Mallinkrodt, Genentech, Janssen, Lilly, Medac, Pfizer, Sanofi-Genzyme/Regeneron and UCB. He has served on a speaker’s bureau for AbbVie, Amgen, Bristol Myers-Squibb, Crescendo Bioscience, Genentech, Janssen, Lilly, Medac, Pfizer and UCB. He has received research grants or support from AbbVie, Ablynx, Amgen, AstraZeneca, Bristol Myers-Squibb, Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc, Celgene, Genentech, GSK, Janssen, Lilly, Merck KG, Novartis, Pfizer, Sandiz, Sun Pharma, and UCB.
MOC Reviewer Disclosures
The faculty listed below report that they have no relevant financial relationships to disclose:
- Theodore Bruno, MD
- Cassandra M. Calabrese, DO
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This activity is supported by an educational grant from Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
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