Biosimilars: Applying the Science to Hematology/Oncology Practice


Activity Info

Hematology/oncology pharmacists serve a pivotal and specialized role related to biologic therapies (including biosimilars), which demands a high level of expertise that informs day to day practice, consultation with clinicians, patients, and health system/formulary committees. This program is designed to equip hematology/oncology pharmacists with evidence-based knowledge and increased competence regarding the safety and efficacy of biosimilars; enabling participants to confidently apply this information effectively into the multiple facets of pharmacy practice.

CME/CE Information

Activity Title

Biosimilars in Present Tense: Applying the Science to Hematology/Oncology Pharmacy Practice



Accreditation Type

ACPE Pharmacy Credit

Release Date

October 31, 2018

Expiration Date

October 30, 2019

Estimated Time to Complete Activity

45 minutes


Upon completion of the activity, participants should be able to:

  • Describe biosimilars, follow-on biologics, interchangeability, and extrapolation of indications on the basis of FDA definitions and guidance
  • Explain key aspects of current FDA guidance/processes that inform the pharmacist’s knowledge of the biosimilar approval process, manufacturing, lack of bioequivalence, labeling, and naming, as well as state regulations surrounding substitution
  • Discuss the potential implications of switching between biologics and biosimilars, or between biosimilars
  • Identify reliable resources on biologics and biosimilars, such as the FDA’s Purple Book and online educational tools
  • Apply knowledge on biosimilars to clinical, as well as health-system/committee (e.g., formulary) and patient education situations, related to pharmacy practice

Adam Brufsky, MD, PhD
Professor of Medicine
Associate Chief, Division of Hematology-Oncology
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Pittsburgh, PA

Ali McBride PharmD, MS, BCOP, FAzPA, FASHP
Clinical Coordinator Hematology/Oncology
The University of Arizona Cancer Center
Clinical Assistant Professor
College of Pharmacy
The University of Arizona
Tucson, AZ

Rowena Schwartz, PharmD, BCOP
Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice
University of Cincinnati
Cincinnati, OH



  1. There are no fees for participating in and receiving credit for this activity.
  2. Review the activity objectives and CME/CE information.
  3. Complete the CME/CE activity
  4. Complete the online posttest. A score of at least 75% is required to successfully complete this activity. The participant may take the test until successfully passed.
  5. Complete the CME/CE evaluation/attestation form, which provides each participant with the opportunity to comment on how participating in the activity will affect their professional practice; the quality of the instructional process; the perception of enhanced professional effectiveness; the perception of commercial bias; and his/her views on future educational needs.
  6. Credit documentation/reporting:
    • If you are requesting ACPE pharmacy credit—your CE credits will be submitted electronically to the CPE Monitor.



This activity is provided by The France Foundation.

The target audience for this initiative includes Hematology/Oncology pharmacists who provide care for patients with cancer.

Hematology/oncology pharmacists serve a pivotal and highly specialized role as pertains to biosimilars, which demands a high level of expertise that informs day-to-day practice, as well as consultation with clinicians, patients, and health-system/formulary committees. However, data show that pharmacists’ knowledge of biosimilars is suboptimal and that there are, overall, misperceptions regarding these types of drugs. With well-documented deficits in knowledge and the rapidly evolving biosimilar landscape in cancer, the education of pharmacists regarding biosimilars, as well as the application of science to practice and wider opportunities for decision making in oncology, are essential.

The France Foundation is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The France Foundation is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education and will award 0.75 CEU to pharmacists who complete the activity, complete the registration and evaluation forms, and successfully pass a posttest (>70%). There is no fee to participate in this activity. This is a knowledge-based educational activity. Your CE credits will be submitted electronically to the CPE Monitor. CE providers must upload participant information within 60 days from the date the participant completed the activity. Please submit all evaluations and credit requests no later than 30 days after you complete this activity to ensure your credit fulfillment, as CE credit cannot be awarded past 60 days from the activity date. ACPE No. 0391-9999-18-097-H01-P.

In accordance with the ACCME Standards for Commercial Support, The France Foundation (TFF) and the Hematology/Oncology Pharmacy Association (HOPA) require that individuals in a position to control the content of an educational activity disclose all relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest. TFF and HOPA resolve all conflicts of interest to ensure independence, objectivity, balance, and scientific rigor in all their educational programs. Furthermore, TFF and HOPA seek to verify that all scientific research referred to, reported, or used in a CME/CE activity conforms to the generally accepted standards of experimental design, data collection, and analysis. TFF and HOPA are committed to providing learners with high-quality CME/CE activities that promote improvements in health care and not those of a commercial interest.

Activity Staff Disclosures
The planners, reviewers, editors, staff, CME committee, or other members at The France Foundation who control content have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Faculty Disclosure–Content Creators/Activity Faculty
The faculty listed below report that they have no relevant financial relationships to disclose:

  • Rowena Schwartz, PharmD, BCOP
The following faculty report that they have relevant financial relationships to disclose:


  • Adam Brufsky, MD, PhD, has served as a non-CE consultant for Pfizer, Inc., Roche and Sandoz Inc., a Novartis Division.
  • Ali McBride, PharmD, MS, BCOP, FAzPA, FASHP, has served as a non-CE consultant for Amgen, Sandoz Inc., a Novartis Division and TEVA.

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This activity is supported by an educational grant from Sandoz Inc., a Novartis Division.

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