The Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act of 2009 (BPCI Act) established an abbreviated approval pathway for biosimilar and interchangeable biological products that was intended to balance innovation and consumer interests. The FDA has published several guidance documents to facilitate implementation of the BPCI Act. Here we discuss the role of comparative clinical studies in the assessment of clinically meaningful differences and illustrate the underlying scientific concepts with a hypothetical example of a clinical study comparing a product to US-licensed bevacizumab. Clin Cancer Res; 22(20); 1–4. ©2016 AACR.
- Received April 20, 2016.
- Revision received August 3, 2016.
- Accepted August 7, 2016.
- ©2016 American Association for Cancer Research.