"The creation of a sustainable and competitive marketplace for biologics and biosimilars—in keeping with FDA guidance—can increase treatment options while generating cancer care cost savings," said Wui-Jin Koh, MD, Chief Medical Officer, NCCN. "A recent RAND corporation study found that if biosimilars became 50 percent of the market share, it could mean savings of 150 billion dollars in drug spending between 2017 and 2026.1 With this RFP, we're looking for impactful approaches to objectively measure and validate models for supporting and increasing the safe and proper use of biosimilars in oncology."
"We are enthusiastic about the ability for biosimilars to help increase access to essential medicines and potentially lower the cost of care when utilized," said Andrew Coop, North America Medical Lead, Pfizer Oncology. "We are thrilled to collaborate with NCCN to further explore solutions like biosimilars for people living with cancer."
Some suggested areas of study include:
Collaboration between institutions is strongly encouraged in order to encourage interactive sharing of knowledge and expertise.
The NCCN ORP fosters innovation and knowledge discovery that improves the lives of people with cancer and supports preclinical, translational, clinical research and quality improvement projects in oncology. For more information, visit NCCN.org/ORP.
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1https://www.rand.org/pubs/perspectives/PE264.html. Mulcahy, Andrew W., Jakub P. Hlavka, and Spencer R. Case, Biosimilar Cost Savings in the United States: Initial Experience and Future Potential. Santa Monica, CA: RAND Corporation, 2017
SOURCE National Comprehensive Cancer Network
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