The Promise of Biosimilars

August 29, 2017
Hosted by Kim Thiboldeaux

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In 2010, the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act signed into law by President Barack Obama as part of the Affordable Care Act, aimed to promote the development of biological products and create competition, with the goals of increasing treatment options and reducing health care costs. On this episode, we are joined by Dr. Leah Christl who is the Associate Director for Therapeutic Biologics in the Office of New Drugs in the FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. Today, we are starting to see the fruits of that labor, there are several biosimilars on the market and more are under review for approval. In 2015, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the first biosimilar product which happens to be a supportive treatment for cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy for acute myeloid leukemia.

Frankly Speaking About Cancer with the Cancer Support Community

Frankly Speaking About Cancer with the Cancer Support Community

Tuesdays at 1 PM Pacific Time on VoiceAmerica Health and Wellness Channel

Frankly Speaking About Cancer takes you on a journey through topics that inform and inspire people with cancer and their loved ones. Hosted by Cancer Support Community President and CEO, Kim Thiboldeaux, episodes tackle critical issues including: achieving the best care and quality of life, treatments of the future, the drug approval process, relieving stress and anxiety, life beyond treatment and talking to kids about cancer. Every week, Kim brings together the voices of noted physicians, researchers, nurses and social workers, as well as patients and caregivers from every walk of life with whom you can connect and draw inspiration. Timely and relevant, Frankly Speaking About Cancer guides you through the cancer maze and gives you the tools you need to live well. Frankly Speaking About Cancer with the Cancer Support Community is broadcast every Tuesday at 1 PM Pacific Time and 4 PM Eastern Time on the VoiceAmerica Health and Wellness Network.

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Kim Thiboldeaux

Kim Thiboldeaux

Kim Thiboldeaux joined The Wellness Community in 2000 as President and CEO. In November 2009, the headquarter offices of The Wellness Community and Gilda’s Club joined forces to become the Cancer Support Community, the largest provider of psychosocial cancer support worldwide. The combined organization is also likely the largest employer of psychosocial oncology support professionals, advancing the idea that psychosocial care is as important as medical care in the face of a cancer diagnosis. The Cancer Support Community provides social and emotional support through a network of nearly 50 local affiliates, more than 100 satellite locations and online. Kim has a wealth of experience in health care, patient education and national patient advocacy. She serves in numerous leadership roles including: founding board member of ENACCT (Education Network to Advance Cancer Clinical Trials), member of the National Advisory Board of the American Psycho-Oncology Society (APOS), and member of the Caregiving in America Advisory Group of the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Human Development. Kim has appeared on Dr. Mehmet Oz (Oprah & Friends, XM Radio), ABC News Now, The Wall Street Journal and Prevention Magazine. She is the co-author of the award winning, The Total Cancer Wellness Guide (BenBella Books) which offers a roadmap for all people affected by cancer and tips on treatment decisions, side effect management, social and emotional issues and more.

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