Pharmacists support biogeneric legislation

May 14, 2007

According to the results of an exclusive on-line survey conducted by Drug Topics, an overwhelming majority, pharmacists support a pathway for follow-on or generic biologics.

By an overwhelming majority, pharmacists support a pathway for follow-on or generic biologics. According to the results of an exclusive on-line survey conducted by Drug Topics, 29% of the 208 respondents said that they believe biogenerics should be approved, and, if they were, the result would mean reduced healthcare costs. Almost half (49%) said that they support biogenerics but only if they pass the same testing that the original brand-name products went through. Twelve percent of the respondents said Europe has already approved some biogenerics, so U.S. should too. Only 4% said they did not approve of follow-on biologics because they have not proven to be comparable to their reference products, while 1% said that biogenerics would hurt brand-drug research. Five percent of the respondents said that they didn't know if biogenerics should be approved in the U.S.

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