Alberta Announces Forced Biosimilar Substitution Policy for Half its Patients

Health Minister Tyler Shandro Announces Policy that Eliminates Physician and Patient Choice of Biologic Medicine for Half of Albertans EDMONTON- the Government of Alberta announced that it will begin forcibly switching 26,000 patients from their physician-chosen biologic medicines to government-chosen biosimilars beginning July 1st, 2020. These patients include 22,000 Albertans with diabetes, 2,000 with Crohn’s […]

ASBM Exhibits at DIA Annual Canadian Meeting

On November 5th and 6th, ASBM exhibited at the (Drug Information Association (DIA) Annual Canadian Meeting, a meeting of Canadian regulators, researchers, health professionals and pharmaceutical manufacturers.  Held in Gatineau, Quebec, just outside the Canadian capital of Ottawa, the meeting’s purpose is to present a comprehensive overview of the current bio-pharma and device landscape in […]

ASBM Releases Preliminary Findings from European Prescribers Survey at ESMO 2019

September 30, 2019 – Barcelona, Spain – The Alliance for Safe Biologic Medicines (ASBM) this week shared preliminary findings from a survey of 575 biologic prescribers in six Western European countries, covering several key policy issues including biosimilar substitution practices, adverse event reporting, and government tendering criteria. Since 2010, the group has routinely surveyed physicians […]

ASBM Presents to WHO, Urging International Harmonization of Biologic Nomenclature

On October 22nd, ASBM presented at the World Health Organization’s (WHO’s) 69th Consultation on International Nonproprietary Names (INN) for Pharmaceutical Substances in Geneva, Switzerland. This was the thirteenth INN Consultation at which ASBM has presented. ASBM was represented by Executive Director Michael Reilly, Esq., and Advisory Board Chair Philip Schneider, MS, FASHP. While the discussions in the Open Session […]

Biosimilars Working Group Responds to Phase II of the BC PharmaCare Biosimilars Initiative

Biosimilars Working Group Responds to Phase II of the BC PharmaCare Biosimilars Initiative VANCOUVER, BC – Wednesday, September 18, 2019. On September 5, 2019, the BC government announced phase two of its Biosimilars Initiative, informing patients prescribed the originator biologic drug, Remicade® (infliximab), to treat inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis) that this medication […]

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 […]

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ASBM Whitepaper: Lessons from European Biosimilar Markets

ASBM Whitepaper: Lessons from European Biosimilar Markets

On March 25th, the Journal of the Generics and Biosimilars Initiative (GaBI Journal) published a whitepaper entitled Policy recommendations for a sustainable biosimilars market: lessons from Europe. The paper was authored by ASBM Executive Director Michael Reilly and Advisory Board Chair Philip Schneider. The biosimilar market in Europe is the largest in the world, representing approximately 60% of […]

ASBM Participates in DC Meetings on U.S. Biosimilar Market

ASBM Participates in DC Meetings on U.S. Biosimilar Market

On March 9th and 10th, two major meetings were held in the nation’s capitol to discuss the barriers to the success of biosimilars in the U.S. marketplace. The first meeting was a joint FDA/FTC Public Workshop held on March 9th at the FDA’s headquarters. The second was a half-day event sponsored by the Hatch Center, Pfizer, and the Biosimilars Forum […]

ASBM Leads Sessions at Festival of Biologics USA 2020

ASBM Leads Sessions at Festival of Biologics USA 2020

From March 2-4, ASBM representatives led multiple sessions at the World Biosimilar Congress USA, part of the Festival of Biologics USA 2020 held in San Diego, CA. ASBM Steering Committee Member Andy Spiegel, executive director of the Global Colon Cancer Association, participated in an opening “fireside chat” with Leah Christl, PhD. Dr. Christl formerly led the FDA’s […]

ASBM Presents Fourth 5-Hour CE Course to NY Pharmacists

ASBM Presents Fourth 5-Hour CE Course to NY Pharmacists

On February 23rd, ASBM presented a Continuing Education (CE) course entitled “Biosimilars- What’s New in 2020?” to a class consisting of more than 75 New York area pharmacists. The event took place at the LaGuardia Marriott in East Elmhurst, NY and was hosted by Long Island University College of Pharmacy (LIU-Pharmacy). This is the fourth time ASBM has […]

Alberta Announces Forced Biosimilar Substitution Policy for Half its Patients

Alberta Announces Forced Biosimilar Substitution Policy for Half its Patients

Health Minister Tyler Shandro Announces Policy that Eliminates Physician and Patient Choice of Biologic Medicine for Half of Albertans EDMONTON- the Government of Alberta announced that it will begin forcibly switching 26,000 patients from their physician-chosen biologic medicines to government-chosen biosimilars beginning July 1st, 2020. These patients include 22,000 Albertans with diabetes, 2,000 with Crohn’s […]

New White Paper To Detail European Biosimilar Evolution and Policy Principles

New White Paper To Detail European Biosimilar Evolution and Policy Principles

November 6, 2019 – Gatineau, Quebec – The Alliance for Safe Biologic Medicines (ASBM) today released an abstract from a forthcoming white paper that provides a comprehensive overview of the evolution of the European biosimilars market.  The abstract was released in conjunction with the Drug Information Association (DIA) Annual Canadian Meeting, an annual meeting of […]

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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