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Biosimilar Switching Studies May Not Be Worth Effort For US Interchangeability, Sponsors Say

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Payers are driving the selection of reference products or biosimilars, creating an ‘artificial interchangeability’ unlikely to be affected by the actual regulatory designation, industry reps say; former FDA commissioner Scott Gottlieb says misinformation campaigns around biosimilar and interchangeable products may lead to enforcement by the FDA and Federal Trade Commission.

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