ASBM Releases Fact Sheet on British Columbia vs EU Substitution Policies

As BC attempts to increase biosimilar use by force-switching 23,000 patients, Europe enjoys high uptake rates while preserving patient and physician choice.  On August 5th, ASBM released a fact sheet contrasting the biosimilar substitution policies of European countries (which generally have robust biosimilar markets) with the newly announced British Columbia policy. First fact sheet also addresses misconceptions […]

ASBM Exhibits, Presents at DIA 2019 Annual Meeting

WHO INN Programme Lead Dr. Raffaella Balocco visits with Advisory Board Chair Philip Schneider (left) and Executive Director Michael Reilly (right) at ASBM’s booth. From June 24th to June 26th, ASBM exhibited at the DIA 2019 Global Annual Meeting in San Diego, CA. ASBM was represented by Executive Director Michael Reilly and Advisory Board Chair Philip Schneider, […]

ASBM Op-ed published in Vancouver Sun

Michael Reilly: Forcing patients to switch to biosimilars puts them in uncharted waters MICHAEL REILLY Updated: June 24, 2019 On May 27, the B.C. government announced a policy that will forcibly switch thousands of patients, effective Nov. 22, with serious, chronic conditions from their current biologic medicines to lower-cost “biosimilar” treatments. The roughly 23,000 patients […]

ASBM Exhibits at 2019 BIO Conference

From June 4th-6th, ASBM exhibited at the 2019 BIO International Convention held in Philadelphia, PA. Each year, the BIO International Convention attracts approximately 16,000 attendees from more than 5,000 companies and from 70 different countries. ASBM was represented at the booth by Andrew Spiegel, ASBM Steering Committee member and executive director of the Global Colon Cancer Association. At ASBM’s booth, attendees […]

ASBM Exhibits at DDW 2019

From May 19-21, 2019 ASBM exhibited at the DDW 2019 Conference held in San Diego, CA. DDW is the one of the largest gatherings of gastroenterologists in the world, boasting more than 14,000 attendees. The conference is hosted by the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA), an ASBM member. 2019 marks the conference’s fiftieth year. ASBM exhibited in the Community […]

ASBM Presents at 68th WHO INN Naming Consultation

On April 2nd, ASBM Chair Madelaine Feldman, MD, FACR; and Advisory Board Chair, Philip Schneider, MS, FASHP presented before the 68th Consultation on International Nonproprietary Names (INN) for Pharmaceutical Substances in Geneva, Switzerland. This was the twelfth INN Consultation at which ASBM has presented since 2013.  While the discussions in the Open Session at which ASBM presented are […]

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ASBM Releases Fact Sheet on British Columbia vs EU Substitution Policies

ASBM Releases Fact Sheet on British Columbia vs EU Substitution Policies

As BC attempts to increase biosimilar use by force-switching 23,000 patients, Europe enjoys high uptake rates while preserving patient and physician choice.  On August 5th, ASBM released a fact sheet contrasting the biosimilar substitution policies of European countries (which generally have robust biosimilar markets) with the newly announced British Columbia policy. First fact sheet also addresses misconceptions […]

ASBM Exhibits, Presents at DIA 2019 Annual Meeting

ASBM Exhibits, Presents at DIA 2019 Annual Meeting

WHO INN Programme Lead Dr. Raffaella Balocco visits with Advisory Board Chair Philip Schneider (left) and Executive Director Michael Reilly (right) at ASBM’s booth. From June 24th to June 26th, ASBM exhibited at the DIA 2019 Global Annual Meeting in San Diego, CA. ASBM was represented by Executive Director Michael Reilly and Advisory Board Chair Philip Schneider, […]

ASBM Op-ed published in Vancouver Sun

ASBM Op-ed published in Vancouver Sun

Michael Reilly: Forcing patients to switch to biosimilars puts them in uncharted waters MICHAEL REILLY Updated: June 24, 2019 On May 27, the B.C. government announced a policy that will forcibly switch thousands of patients, effective Nov. 22, with serious, chronic conditions from their current biologic medicines to lower-cost “biosimilar” treatments. The roughly 23,000 patients […]

ASBM Exhibits at 2019 BIO Conference

ASBM Exhibits at 2019 BIO Conference

From June 4th-6th, ASBM exhibited at the 2019 BIO International Convention held in Philadelphia, PA. Each year, the BIO International Convention attracts approximately 16,000 attendees from more than 5,000 companies and from 70 different countries. ASBM was represented at the booth by Andrew Spiegel, ASBM Steering Committee member and executive director of the Global Colon Cancer Association. At ASBM’s booth, attendees […]

Patients, Physicians Raise Concerns with BC Biosimilar Non-Medical Switching Policy

Patients, Physicians Raise Concerns with BC Biosimilar Non-Medical Switching Policy

ARLINGTON, Va., June 6, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — On May 27th, the Government of British Columbia (B.C.) announced a policy that will forcibly switch thousands of patients with serious, chronic conditions from their current biologic medicines to lower-cost “biosimilar” treatments, effective November 25th, 2019. The roughly 23,000 patients who will be affected include those with rheumatoid arthritis, plaque psoriasis, […]

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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