Biosimilars are products which are highly similar to a reference biologic product (RBP). In Africa, regulatory frameworks for biosimilar approval are still in development in many countries and few biosimilars for rheumatic diseases are currently available. The use of biosimilar medicines in Africa provides an important opportunity to treat more rheumatology patients with biologic drugs. This editorial aims to shed a light on the potential benefits, challenges and current efforts, regarding the use of biosimilars in Africa in Rheumatology.
- Biosimilar Pharmaceuticals
- Biological Therapy
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Handling editor Josef S Smolen
Contributors The manuscript was written by MHA-Z and MHA-Z, with contribution from YEM and AA. All authors contributed in the manuscript writing, reading and approval of the final version.
Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.
Competing interests None declared.
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