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Healthcare professionals' perceptions and perspectives on biosimilar medicines and the barriers and facilitators to their prescribing in UK: a qualitative study.

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Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To investigate UK healthcare professionals' perceptions and perspectives towards biosimilar infliximab, etanercept and insulin glargine and the potential barriers and facilitators to their prescribing. DESIGN: A cross-sectional qualitative study design was used. SETTING: Five hospitals within the West Midlands area in UK. INTERVENTIONS: 30?min face-to-face, semistructured interviews of healthcare professionals. PARTICIPANTS: 22 healthcare professionals (consultants, nurses and pharmacists) participated in the semistructured interviews. OUTCOMES: Participants' opinion and attitudes about biosimilars and the barriers and facilitators to the prescribing of infliximab, etanercept and insulin glargine biosimilars in gastroenterology, rheumatology and diabetology specialties. RESULTS: This study showed that UK healthcare professionals had good knowledge of biosimilars and were content to initiate them. Healthcare professionals disagreed with biosimilar auto-substitution at pharmacy level and multiple switching. Subtle differences among healthcare professionals were identified in the acceptance of switching stable patients, indication extrapolation and cost savings sharing. CONCLUSION: Safety and efficacy concerns, patients' opinion and how cost savings were shared were the identified barriers to considering prescribing biosimilars. Real-life data and financial incentives were the suggested facilitators to increase biosimilar utilisation.

Acceptance Date Sep 26, 2018
Publication Date Nov 18, 2018
Journal BMJ Open
Publisher BMJ Publishing Group
Pages e023603 - ?
DOI https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2018-023603
Publisher URL https://bmjopen.bmj.com/content/8/11/e023603.info

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