Canadian Biosimilar Working Group Launches Website

The Biosimilar Working Group, a Canadian-based coalition of non-profit organizations, registered health charities, and health care advocacy coalitions, launched its website this month. The launch was announced in conjunction with the Group’s September meeting in Toronto, ON. The Biosimilars Working Group is dedicated to ensuring that good outcomes for patients are at the centre of health […]

ASBM Chairs Past and Present, Four Steering Committee Members Testify at FDA Biosimilar Hearing

  On September 4th, 2018, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) held a hearing on the Biosimilar Action Plan announced by FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb in July. The action plan addressed 4 key areas intended to improve biosimilar competition: Improving the efficiency of the biosimilar and interchangeable product development and approval process Maximizing scientific and regulatory clarity […]

ASBM Hosts Naming Roundtable With WHO, FDA, Health Canada

On July 12, in Washington, DC the Alliance for Safe Biologic Medicines (ASBM) hosted the second in a series of meetings to discuss the global harmonization of nomenclature for biologic and biosimilar medicines. Representatives from the World Health Organization, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Health Canada, the United States Pharmacopeia (USP), and the American […]

ASBM Hosts Forum on International Naming Harmonization

On April 11th in Washington DC, nearly 25 individuals gathered to be part of an exclusive roundtable to discuss a global approach for naming harmonization of biologic medicines.  Representatives from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Health Canada, physician and pharmacist associations, and patient advocacy organizations convened to explore the feasibility of this endeavor and […]

ASBM Submits Comments to Health Canada on Naming

On January 18, 2018, the Institute for Safe Medication Practices Canada (ISMP Canada) posted an online questionnaire to seek input from healthcare providers, consumers, and other interested and affected stakeholders on different approaches to the naming of biologic drugs, including biosimilars, in Canada. ASBM submitted comments on February 9th advocating the use of 4-letter suffixes, an approach favored […]

TGA Releases Response to Stakeholder Naming Consultation

  On January 24th, the Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) released the response to its recent stakeholder consultation on biosimilar naming. The regulator sought input on whether or not it should use distinguishing suffixes for biologics and biosimilars to improve product identification and adverse event reporting. A suffix approach is currently supported by the World […]

Biosimilar Innovation Plan Part of FDA’s 2018 Strategic Roadmap

On January 11th, the FDA released its 2018 Strategic Policy Roadmap, which outlines its key priorities for 2018, including increasing access to new medicines.   “We know that the cost of product development can impact how such products are priced, and can be a factor in limiting patients’ ability to get timely access to beneficial new treatments […]

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Canadian Biosimilar Working Group Launches Website

Canadian Biosimilar Working Group Launches Website

The Biosimilar Working Group, a Canadian-based coalition of non-profit organizations, registered health charities, and health care advocacy coalitions, launched its website this month. The launch was announced in conjunction with the Group’s September meeting in Toronto, ON. The Biosimilars Working Group is dedicated to ensuring that good outcomes for patients are at the centre of health […]

ASBM Chairs Past and Present, Four Steering Committee Members Testify at FDA Biosimilar Hearing

ASBM Chairs Past and Present, Four Steering Committee Members Testify at FDA Biosimilar Hearing

  On September 4th, 2018, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) held a hearing on the Biosimilar Action Plan announced by FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb in July. The action plan addressed 4 key areas intended to improve biosimilar competition: Improving the efficiency of the biosimilar and interchangeable product development and approval process Maximizing scientific and regulatory clarity […]

ASBM Presents to Malta Pharmaceutical Association

ASBM Presents to Malta Pharmaceutical Association

On July 18th, ASBM Advisory Chair Philip Schneider gave a presentation to the Malta Pharmaceutical Association entitled “Biologic nomenclature: Implementation of an internationally harmonized system”. The presentation offered an overview of the state of international harmonization in the area of biologic naming, including examination of the naming policies of major national regulators and views of health professionals […]

FDA Approves 12th Biosimilar, 2nd for Filgrastim

FDA Approves 12th Biosimilar, 2nd for Filgrastim

On July 20th, the FDA approved Pfizer’s Nivestym, (filgrastim-aafi,) the second biosimilar to Neupogen (filgrastim), manufactured by Amgen. The drug is approved for the same indications as the reference product, including decreasing the incidence of infection due to neutropenia. Specifically, the drug has been approved to treat side effects from cancer treatment for patients: With acute […]

ASBM Hosts Naming Roundtable With WHO, FDA, Health Canada

ASBM Hosts Naming Roundtable With WHO, FDA, Health Canada

On July 12, in Washington, DC the Alliance for Safe Biologic Medicines (ASBM) hosted the second in a series of meetings to discuss the global harmonization of nomenclature for biologic and biosimilar medicines. Representatives from the World Health Organization, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Health Canada, the United States Pharmacopeia (USP), and the American […]

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ASBM Exhibits at DIA 2018 Conference

From June 25-27, ASBM exhibited at the 2018 Drug Industry Association Conference (DIA 2018). ASBM was represented at DIA by Chair Madelaine Feldman MD, FACR and Advisory Board Chair Philip Schneider, MS FASHP. In addition to meeting attendees at ASBM’s booth, Drs. Feldman and Schneider attended several panels related to biosimilar policy, and engaged participants […]

Biosimilars 101

Biologic medicines are used to treat millions of patients with serious illnesses like cancer, arthritis, and psoriasis. The patents for many biologic therapies are expiring over the coming years, and biosimilars will be entering the marketplace. Regulatory authorities around the world have put policies in place to ensure that biosimilars have been appropriately tested, and are safe and effective for patients.

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The Alliance for Safe Biologic Medicines is an organization composed of diverse healthcare groups and individuals—from patients to physicians, biotechnology companies that develop innovative and biosimilar medicines and others who are working together to ensure patient safety is at the forefront of the biosimilars policy discussion.

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