Merck Launches Biosimilars Clarified, a New Online Educational Resource about Biosimilar Medicines for Patients and the Healthcare Community


October 14, 2016 7:30 am ET

Merck (NYSE:MRK), known as MSD outside the United States and Canada,
today announced the launch of Biosimilars Clarified (,
a new educational website for patients, caregivers and the healthcare
community that is designed to provide clear, concise and straightforward
information about biosimilar medicines.

Biosimilars are a type of biological product that are approved by the
U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) because they are highly similar
to an already FDA-approved biological product, known as the originator
biologic or reference product, and have been shown to have no clinically
meaningful differences in terms of the safety, purity and potency of the

“Biosimilars can offer alternative treatment options, and have the
potential to help reduce healthcare spending and increase access to
important biologic medicines,” said Dora Bibila, general manager, Merck
Biosimilars. “At Merck, we want to provide educational resources for
patients and caregivers to help them get the information they want and
need. We believe the more patients know, the more they can be in charge
of their health – Biosimilars Clarified is designed to help
answer their questions about biosimilars.”

Biosimilars Clarified offers a host of informative features in a
simple, easy-to-use question-and-answer format. The website was
developed to provide patients, their caregivers, healthcare
professionals and others clarification on such topics as:

  • What are biologic medicines?
  • Biosimilars – are they safe and effective?
  • The value of biosimilars and increasing access to treatment.
  • The availability of support programs for patients taking biosimilars.

“Merck is one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world
today, and we have a long-standing commitment to supporting patients and
the healthcare community. We are continuing that commitment with Merck
Biosimilars,” Bibila said.

About Merck

For 125 years, Merck has been a global health care leader working to
help the world be well. Merck is known as MSD outside the United States
and Canada. Through our prescription medicines, vaccines, biologic
therapies, and animal health products, we work with customers and
operate in more than 140 countries to deliver innovative health
solutions. We also demonstrate our commitment to increasing access to
health care through far-reaching policies, programs and partnerships.
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