Biosimilars pp 221-258 | Cite as

Drug Product Considerations for Biosimilars

  • Satish K. SinghEmail author
  • Susanne Jörg
  • Hanns-Christian Mahler
Part of the AAPS Advances in the Pharmaceutical Sciences Series book series (AAPS, volume 34)


Biosimilars are increasingly important for the expansion of access to life-saving biologics and to reduce the cost of prescription medicine. The design of the drug product for a biosimilar is of utmost importance, as it directly relates to patient efficacy, safety and product quality, even as it defines the similarity of the product to the reference innovator product. There are various components of a drug product: the formulation, the container closure system and/or device, and the drug product manufacturing process that must be considered during any biologic parenteral drug product development. The biosimilar drug product development strategy has to take additional multiple factors into consideration including matching the reference product presentation, intellectual property and the current state of the art in science and technology. This chapter reviews these factors in detail using case-studies from currently approved biosimilars.


Product Composition Formulation Dosage form Device Manufacturing process Container closure 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Satish K. Singh
    • 1
    Email author
  • Susanne Jörg
    • 1
  • Hanns-Christian Mahler
    • 1
  1. 1.Lonza Pharma and Biotech, Drug Product ServicesBaselSwitzerland

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