Quarterly catalogue and summary of the published literature
The quarterly summaries provide an update to the comprehensive literature search previously conducted on behalf of the Department of Health. To ensure that the core messages of the Biosimilar Education Grant remain relevant and factual, these catalogue and summaries of the published literature examine all international and Australian clinical, academic and policy journals in relation to biosimilar medicines.
The catalogue and summary updates are conducted with an emphasis on ensuring that the evidence is up-to-date in the following key topic areas:
- Comparability of biosimilar medicines to reference biological medicines, specifically in reference to substitution (including single switch and multiple switch scenarios), and extrapolation of indication
- Biosimilar medicine uptake related to prescribing and dispensing trends, particularly evidence relating to policies on biosimilar medicine use
- Health outcomes and adverse events of biological and biosimilar medicines from a pharmacovigilance perspective
- Current perceptions of biosimilar medicines (qualitative and quantitative evidence) relating to awareness, confidence, attitudes and acceptance