manufacturing flexibility. In what
will be a very competitive space,
all of these aspects are critical for
Q: Since biosimilars are
still relatively expensive—as
compared to the difference in
price between generics and
prescription drugs—do you
foresee the price of biosimilars
to change in the future?
Boa: As more and more
biosimilars achieve market
approval over the next few years,
the level of competition is sure
to increase significantly. This is
bound to drive down pricing,
while other companies will
simply withdraw from the race.
It’s an interesting time right now,
since we’re just at the start of
Q: What do you foresee for
the future of biosimilars in the
U.S.? In other countries?
Boa: The FDA is under
significant pressure to clarify
their position on the biosimilar
approval process and, given that
drug pricing is still a hot topic
in the presidential race, this is
likely to continue and intensify.
I wouldn’t be surprised to see
biosimilar approvals by the FDA
overtaking those in the EMA in
the next few years, as the drive
to reduce health care
Biosimilars are also sure
to make a growing impact
in developing markets, with
increased patient access.
As biosimilar competition
increases, this will drive down
prices allowing more patients
to be treated and receive
the benefits of these life-transforming drugs. That can
only be a good thing.
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