Medicamentos biosimilares en Colombia: una revisión desde el consumo informado

Translated title of the contribution: Biosimilar Medicines in Colombia: An Approach from the Informed Consumption

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This article presents an analysis of biosimilar drugs in Colombia, aiming at critically analyzing whether the consumption of biosimilar drugs in Colombia is fully informed or if it rather is characterized for its lack of information. Informed consumption in the sense of taking into account the quality and quantity of the information circulating in relation to the availability and affordability (prices) of biosimilar drugs. Development: This is a qualitative documentary analysis, based on the re¬view of databases such as Pubmed, Scopus, Scielo, Vlex and Redalyc, and sanitary databases of drug´s regulatory agencies (FDA, EMA and the Colombian Invima) and the Vademecum Med Informatica. One of the biosimilars authorized by fda and four of those by ema were also registered before by the Invima. However, the number of Invima authorized biosimilars is higher than that authorized by FDA and EMA. It is also important to highlight the fact that any biosimilar is not registered as such neither before the Invima nor before any other official or commercial source. Out of the biological reference products with biosimilars, twelve have regulated price and seven have been authorized at least once via court ruling. Conclusions: Although the regulations are progressive in relation to the access to biosimilars and, consequently, to their biological pioneers, the system still has legal, availability and information barriers that undermine the protection and effectiveness of the right to health.

Translated title of the contributionBiosimilar Medicines in Colombia: An Approach from the Informed Consumption
Original languageSpanish
Pages (from-to)311-339
Number of pages29
JournalRevista Ciencias de la Salud
Issue number2
StatePublished - May 1 2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Health(social science)


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