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Community pharmacists' preparedness for substituting biologics and dispensing biosimilars – Lessons learned from a multinational survey
JournalArticle (Originalarbeit in einer wissenschaftlichen Zeitschrift)
 
ID 4636139
Author(s) Arnet,Isabelle
Author(s) at UniBasel Hersberger, Kurt
Arnet, Isabelle
Year 2021
Title Community pharmacists' preparedness for substituting biologics and dispensing biosimilars – Lessons learned from a multinational survey
Journal Exploratory Research in Clinical and Social Pharmacy
Volume 4
Pages / Article-Number 100084
Keywords Biologicals, Biosimilars, Automatic substitution, Interchangeability, Pharmacy, Community pharmacy
Abstract

Interchangeability between biological medicines and biosimilars, and subsequent substitution by pharmacists represent an important opportunity for costs savings for health care systems. Because biological medicines are complex products, the expert role of the pharmacist to inform patients and support physicians is indispensable. However, regulations on substitution of biosimilars differ around the globe, such that a substitution that is allowed in one country may be forbidden in another. Overall, pharmacists' knowledge of biosimilar medicines is incomplete and hesitancy to engage in substitutions is perceptible. As counter-balancing remedy, continued education about biosimilars is needed among practicing community pharmacists.

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