Kelly Scientific Publications
Biosimilars are highly-similar versions of biological drugs that are indicated for cancer, kidney disorders and a wide range of autoimmune diseases. Originator biologics are the most expensive drugs in the pharmaceutical industry and many of them cost nearly $100,000 per patient per year. These expensive biologics impose a heavy financial burden on patients and healthcare systems, limiting easy access and optimal care. Patent protection for some of the biologics has already expired and many more are to lose patent rights between now and 2020. This has given an opportunity to biotechnology companies to develop and market biosimilars with a cost benefit of about 20% to 30%.