Objective: The aim was to assess the awareness and real-life use of biosimilars in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) among the members of the Italian Society of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition (SIGENP). Methods: An anonymous web survey involving all SIGENP IBD units which can prescribe biosimilars was conducted between July 1st and December 1st, 2020. The questionnaire included 18 questions addressing the most relevant aspects of biosimilars in pediatric IBD, i.e., advantages, disadvantages, costs, traceability, general knowledge, and real-life use. A descriptive analysis of responses was performed. Results: Responses came from 26 pediatric IBD units in Italy, with representation of the North, the Center, and the South of Italy. The majority of participants (n = 20) had spent > 10 years caring for pediatric IBD patients, and worked in a center which had between 100 and 500 registered pediatric IBD patients (n = 14). Most participants (n = 18) reported they were aware that biosimilars have similar efficacy and safety to those of the originator, and all regarded cost-sparing as the main advantage of biosimilars. Most respondents (n = 20) reported they switch from originator to biosimilar in their everyday clinical practice, mostly during the maintenance phase. Most respondents (n = 20) registered no acute adverse events. Nearly all participants felt totally or very confident in using biosimilars. Conclusions: A few years after the introduction of the first biosimilar into the market, real-life data coming from the major IBD units in Italy confirm a favorable and confident position on the use of biosimilars in pediatric IBD.
Real-Life Use of Biosimilars in Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease: A Nation-Wide Web Survey on Behalf of the SIGENP IBD Working Group / Dipasquale, V.; Martinelli, M.; Aloi, M.; Accomando, S.; Alvisi, P.; Arrigo, S.; Banzato, C.; Bramuzzo, M.; Cananzi, M.; Corpino, M.; Di Mari, C.; Di Nardo, G.; Dilillo, A.; Dodaro, N.; Felici, E.; Gatti, S.; Graziano, F.; Illiceto, M. T.; Norsa, L.; Opramolla, A.; Pastore, M.; Pavanello, P. M.; Romeo, E.; Scarallo, L.; Strisciuglio, C.; Zuin, G.; Romano, C.. - In: PAEDIATRIC DRUGS. - ISSN 1174-5878. - 24:1(2022), pp. 57-62. [10.1007/s40272-021-00486-8]