Sandoz announces a new global initiative “Act4Biosimilars”,

  • Multidisciplinary steering committee set up to drive action includes patient advocacy leaders, healthcare professionals, biosimilars experts and industry leaders
  • The action plan will provide a roadmap and tools to improve the approval, accessibility, acceptability and affordability (4A) of biosimilars
  • Sandoz has launched an initiative to support improved healthcare access, equity and sustainability

Basel, May 31, 2022 – Sandoz, a global leader in generic and biosimilar medicines, today announced the launch of a new global initiative called “Act4Biosimilars” to help address health inequalities around the world. Act4Biosimilars aims to increase patient access to breakthrough medicines by facilitating greater approval, accessibility, acceptability and affordability (the 4 A’s) of biosimilars. The initiative is supported by a multidisciplinary steering committee comprised of patient advocacy leaders, healthcare professionals, biosimilar experts and industry leaders from around the world, with a mission to increase adoption of biosimilar medicines by at least 30% in more than 30 countries by 2030.

A biosimilar is a successor to a biological medicine (also called a “reference medicine”) whose patent has expired and whose exclusivity has been lost. Biosimilars match their respective reference medicine in terms of quality, safety and efficacy. Therefore, the biosimilar can be expected to behave similarly to the reference medicine in all indications and patient populations for which the reference medicines are approved. Biosimilars are used in the treatment and prevention of many debilitating and life-threatening diseases such as cancer. , psoriasis, arthritis and diabetes.

“Because of their affordability, biosimilars have opened up a new realm of possibilities for patients by allowing biologic medicines to be more widely available to those who need these advanced, life-changing treatments,” said Zorana Maravic. , CEO, Digestive Cancers Europe. “However, until we address existing inequities in access to biosimilars, far too many patients will continue to miss out on treatment with the best possible medicines.” describes the 12 objectives that were identified as part of the 4As by the steering committee to achieve the mission. These include ensuring fair pricing, involving patients in treatment decisions and streamlining the development of biosimilars.

As an immediate next step, the Steering Committee is developing an action plan to provide the strategies, tools and activities needed to equip and empower stakeholders to achieve these 12 goals, in all 30 countries and beyond. The action plan will be supported by country indicator maps to track and measure the change that is being driven by groups, associations and organizations around the world.

“While countries like Norway are leading the way in the adoption of biosimilars and have managed to achieve significant healthcare savings through increased availability of biosimilars, other countries are still making strides and aspire to reach their full potential. potential,” said Professor Emeritus Tore K Kvien, who served as head of the rheumatology department at Diakonhjemmet Hospital for 25 years. “Misinformation about the safety, efficacy and science of biosimilars continues to confuse and hinder adoption. With the Act4Biosimilars Action Plan, we will prioritize the steps needed to help better educate, inform and create actions in all countries and regions.

The steering committee will co-create the action plan with a group of biosimilar experts and key stakeholders, including patient organizations, healthcare professionals, professional associations, think tanks, government bodies and professional societies.

Act4Biosimilars is backed by founding sponsor Sandoz, a pioneer and global leader in biosimilars, which developed and brought the first biosimilar medicine to patients 16 years ago.

“Healthcare systems face more pressure than ever, which can be attributed to the costs associated with a growing and aging population, the increase in the number of people being diagnosed with chronic diseases and, more recently, the pandemic said Richard Saynor, CEO of Sandoz. “Biosimilars are part of the solution to support a more sustainable healthcare system for all and we are proud to be the founding sponsor of Act4Biosimilars, which will lead action to bring these more affordable treatment options to patients who need them. .”

About Act4Biosimilars
Act4Biosimilars is a global initiative to increase patient access to biologic medicines by facilitating greater approval, accessibility, acceptability and affordability of biosimilars. Act4Biosimilars is led by a multidisciplinary Steering Committee comprised of patient advocacy leaders, healthcare professionals, biosimilars experts and industry leaders from around the world, with a mission to increase global adoption of biosimilars by at least 30% in more than 30 countries by 2030. Act4Biosimilars seeks to strengthen the global biosimilars movement by clearly aligning and informing action on biosimilars challenges and opportunities for patient access and sustainable healthcare and is supported by founding sponsor, Sandoz. For more information, visit Follow Act4Biosimilars on LinkedIn. Follow Act4Biosimilars on Twitter.

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About Sandoz
Sandoz, a division of Novartis, is a global leader in generic medicines and biosimilars. Our goal is to create pioneering access for patients by developing and commercializing innovative and affordable approaches that address unmet medical needs. Our ambition is to be the world’s leading and most valued generics company. Our broad portfolio of high-quality medicines, spanning all major therapeutic areas, accounted for $9.6 billion in sales in 2020.

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