Europe – Biosimilar medicines can be interchanged

EMA and the Heads of Medicines Agencies (HMA) have issued a joint statement confirming that biosimilar medicines approved in the European Union (EU) are interchangeable with their reference medicine or with an equivalent biosimilar.

While interchangeable use of biosimilars is already practiced in many Member States, this joint position harmonises the EU approach. It brings more clarity for healthcare professionals and thus helps more patients to have access to biological medicines across the EU.

A biosimilar is a biological medicine highly similar to another already approved biological medicine (the ‘reference medicine’). Interchangeability in this context means that the reference medicine can be substituted by a biosimilar without a patient experiencing any changes in the clinical effect…