ZUG, Switzerland--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Real world evidence from investigator-initiated studies supported by Biogen (NASDAQ: BIIB), demonstrating sustained efficacy and safety, and high acceptance and adherence in patients initiating treatment with BENEPALI® (etanercept), are being presented at the Annual European Congress of Rheumatology (EULAR) 2017, held 14–17 June in Madrid, Spain.1,2,3 Within the EU, approximately 50,000 patients are currently being treated with anti-TNF biosimilars from Biogen across 16 countries.4
Two real world studies evaluate the safety and efficacy of BENEPALI® in patients following a switch from reference etanercept. In 1,548 patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), psoriatic arthritis (PsA) or axial spondyloarthritis (SpA) from the DANBIO registry, disease activity was shown to be largely unaffected at 3 months post-switch and comparable to that observed in the 3 months prior to switch.1 Furthermore, in a separate cohort of 92 patients with RA, PsA or ankylosing spondylitis (AS) in the UK, a low rate of treatment discontinuations due to inefficacy or adverse events was demonstrated at 6 months post-switch.2
Further real world data highlight the acceptance of BENEPALI® and adherence to treatment among patients who were switched from reference etanercept, according to a defined transition protocol. In one UK study of 96 adult patients treated for RA, PsA or AS, 99% agreed to switch.2 91% of the group remained on BENEPALI® at 6 months.2 In another study of 643 patients with rheumatic disease in the Netherlands, 99% (636 patients) agreed to switch to BENEPALI® from reference etanercept. At 3 months, 36 of the 636 patients had discontinued treatment.3 Both studies reflect that treatment with BENEPALI® provides persistency within the expectations of the reference product.2,3
“Biogen continues to make a difference in the lives of patients through our portfolio of anti-TNF biosimilar products, which play an important role in ensuring more people have access to the treatments they need,” said Alpna Seth, Ph.D., Senior Vice President and Global Head of the Biosimilars Business Unit at Biogen. “Our ongoing efforts to forge partnerships with healthcare organizations and systems have opened doors for biosimilar adoption in a number of European countries, although more can be done to set the right policy environment so that all countries can unlock the full value of these therapies.”
The abstracts being presented at EULAR 2017, showcasing data from Biogen-supported studies, include:
BENEPALI is an etanercept biosimilar to the reference product Enbrel®.5 BENEPALI is approved in Europe for the treatment of adults with moderate to severe RA, psoriatic arthritis, non-radiographic axial spondyloarthritis and plaque psoriasis. BENEPALI is currently available in 16 European countries.4
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1 Glintborg B, et al. Clinical outcomes from a nationwide
non-medical switch from originator to biosimilar etanercept in patients
with inflammatory arthritis after 5 months follow-up. Results from the
DANBIO registry. Abstract presented at EULAR 14–17 June 2017, Madrid,
Spain. Abstract #FRI0190.
2 Holroyd C, et al. Switching from bio-original etanercept to biosimilar etanercept SB4: patient acceptability and outcomes in the real world. Abstract presented at EULAR 14–17 June 2017, Madrid, Spain. Abstract #AB0377.
3 Tweehuysen L, et al. Higher Acceptance and Persistence Rates after Biosimilar Transitioning in Patients with a Rheumatic Disease after Employing an Enhanced Communication Strategy. Abstract presented at EULAR 14–17 June 2017, Madrid, Spain. Abstract #FRI0200.
4 Biogen data on file. June 2017.
5 Enbrel® is a registered trademark of Wyeth LLC.