Drug manufacturers, health insurers pull statehouses in diverging directions over biosimilar interchangeability

STEPHANIE HOOPS | August 11, 2016

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Biosimilars have yet to hit the market, but that isn’t stopping drug makers and health payers from pushing for legislation addressing the appropriate substitution of the low-cost versions of biologic drugs.

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Not intended for US & CA visitors. At the biopharma business of Merck, we have an enduring commitment and focus in our specialist therapeutic areas of oncology, neurodegenerative diseases, fertility and endocrinology, along with rheumatology as an emerging area of expertise. We also provide a portfolio of cardiometabolic care and general medicine products, especially in emerging markets where patient need remains high.

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