Sandoz announces new global initiative “Act4Biosimilars” to improve patient access and increase adoption by at least 30% in more than 30 countries by 2030

  • The multidisciplinary steering committee was created to drive action and includes patient advocacy leaders, healthcare professionals, biosimilar experts and industry leaders

  • The action plan will provide a roadmap and tools to improve the approval, accessibility, acceptability and affordability (4As) of biosimilars.

  • Sandoz launched an initiative to support improved healthcare access, equity and sustainability

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

A biosimilar is a successor to a biological medicine (also known as a “reference medicine”) whose patent has expired and exclusivity rights have been lost. Biosimilars align with their respective reference medicine for quality, safety, and efficacy. Thus, the biosimilar can be expected to behave in the same way as the reference medicine in all indications and patient groups for which the reference medicine has been approved. Biosimilars are used in the treatment and prevention of many disabling and life-threatening diseases such as cancer, psoriasis, arthritis, and diabetes.

“As a result of their affordability, biosimilars have opened a new field of possibilities for patients by enabling biologic drugs to become more widely available to those who need these advanced life-changing therapies,” said Zorana Maravik, CEO of Gastrointestinal Cancer. Europe. “However, until we address current inequalities in access to biosimilars, far too many patients will continue to miss out on treatment with the best drug possible.” The 12 goals identified under the 4As are set by the Steering Committee to achieve the mission. These include ensuring fair pricing, involving patients in treatment decisions and simplifying 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, across 30 countries and beyond. The Country Indicator Maps will support the action plan to track and measure the change that groups, associations and organizations are driving around the world.

Professor Emeritus Tori Kvin, former president, said: “While countries like Norway are leading the way in adopting biosimilars and have succeeded in generating significant savings in health care by increasing the availability of biosimilars, other countries are still stepping up and aspiring to reach their full potential.” Department of Rheumatology, Diakongmite Hospital for 25 years. Misinformation about the safety, efficacy and science of biosimilars continues to cause confusion and hinder its understanding. Through the Act4Biosimilars Action Plan, we will prioritize steps needed to help educate, inform and create better actions across all countries and regions.”

The Steering Committee will participate in the development of the action plan with a range of biosimilar experts and key stakeholders, including patient organizations, healthcare professionals, trade associations, think tanks, government agencies and professional associations.

Act4Biosimilars is supported by founding sponsor Sandoz, a pioneer and global leader in biosimilars, who developed and delivered the first biosimilar drug to patients 16 years ago.

“Healthcare systems are facing greater pressures than ever before, which can be attributed to costs associated with a growing and aging population, more people being diagnosed with chronic diseases and, more recently, a pandemic,” said Richard Signor, CEO. 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 work to provide the most affordable treatment options for patients who need them.”

About Act4Biosimilars
Act4Biosimilars is a global initiative that aims to increase patients’ access to biologics by facilitating greater approval, accessibility, acceptability, and affordability of biosimilars. Act4Biosimilars leads a multidisciplinary steering committee 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 strives to boost the movement The globalization of biosimilars by clearly aligning and directing work on biosimilar challenges, patient access and sustainable healthcare and with the support of our founding sponsor, Sandoz. For more information, I got Follow Act4Biosimilars on LinkedIn. Follow Act4Biosimilars on Twitter.

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About Sandoz
Sandoz, a division of Novartis, is a global leader in generics and biosimilars. Our goal is to lead in outreach to patients by developing and commercializing new, affordable approaches that address unmet medical needs. Our ambition is to be the world’s leading and most valuable generic drug company. Our extensive portfolio of high quality pharmaceuticals, covering all major therapeutic areas, accounted for 2020 sales of $9.6 billion.

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