ASBM Representatives Discuss Biosimilars on AI Arthritis Podcast 

On August 31st, several ASBM representatives joined Tiffany Westrich-Robertson, CEO of the International Foundation for Autoimmune & Autoinflammatory Diseases, to record an episode of the AI Arthritis Voices 360 podcast. The episode discussed examined policy issues surrounding biosimilars and how these affect patients. ASBM was represented in the discussion by Executive Director Michael Reilly; Chairman Ralph McKibbin, […]

OSU College of Pharmacy Adds Two New Modules to ASBM CE Course

In August, ASBM recorded two new entries in its ongoing continuing education (CE) series in partnership with the Ohio State University College of Pharmacy. These represent part 4 and 6 of the 7-part series covering a wide range of biosimilar policy issues. View the previous three entries here. Module 4: Physician Perspectives on Biosimilars In this module, […]

ASBM & GaBI Host Webinar on Non-Medical Switching

On July 20th, 2022 ASBM and the Generics and Biosimilars Initiative (GaBI) hosted a 2-hour webinar entitled “Non-Medical Switching of Biologicals and Biosimilars: Canada, Europe, and the US” The event offered an overview of non-medical switching practices in different regions and focused on the importance of safeguarding the patient-physician relationship. Watch the webinar here. Academic […]

ASBM Chair Presents Poster on US Physician Survey at DIA Global Annual Meeting 2022

On June 20th, ASBM Chairman Ralph McKibbin, MD, FACP, FACG, AGAF presented a poster at the DIA Global Annual Meeting 2022 in Chicago, IL. The poster was entitled “U.S. Physician Perspectives on Biosimilar Substitution and Reimbursement Practices” and featured results from ASBM’s 2021 survey of 401 U.S. physicians. Among its key findings: Nearly all physicians surveyed expressed […]

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OSU College of Pharmacy Adds Two New Modules to ASBM CE Course

OSU College of Pharmacy Adds Two New Modules to ASBM CE Course

In August, ASBM recorded two new entries in its ongoing continuing education (CE) series in partnership with the Ohio State University College of Pharmacy. These represent part 4 and 6 of the 7-part series covering a wide range of biosimilar policy issues. View the previous three entries here. Module 4: Physician Perspectives on Biosimilars In this module, […]

ASBM Representatives Discuss Biosimilars on AI Arthritis Podcast 

ASBM Representatives Discuss Biosimilars on AI Arthritis Podcast 

On August 31st, several ASBM representatives joined Tiffany Westrich-Robertson, CEO of the International Foundation for Autoimmune & Autoinflammatory Diseases, to record an episode of the AI Arthritis Voices 360 podcast. The episode discussed examined policy issues surrounding biosimilars and how these affect patients. ASBM was represented in the discussion by Executive Director Michael Reilly; Chairman Ralph McKibbin, […]

ASBM Chair Presents Poster on US Physician Survey at DIA Global Annual Meeting 2022

ASBM Chair Presents Poster on US Physician Survey at DIA Global Annual Meeting 2022

On June 20th, ASBM Chairman Ralph McKibbin, MD, FACP, FACG, AGAF presented a poster at the DIA Global Annual Meeting 2022 in Chicago, IL. The poster was entitled “U.S. Physician Perspectives on Biosimilar Substitution and Reimbursement Practices” and featured results from ASBM’s 2021 survey of 401 U.S. physicians. Among its key findings: Nearly all physicians surveyed expressed […]

OSU College of Pharmacy Videos Promote ASBM Biosimilars CE Course

OSU College of Pharmacy Videos Promote ASBM Biosimilars CE Course

On May 31st, the Ohio State University College of Pharmacy released a series of promotional videos for its 7-hour continuing education (CE) program on biosimilars. The videos consist of an overview of the educational program featuring all the presenters, as well as a biographical sketch of each presenter. The program was developed in partnership with ASBM […]

FDA/University of Maryland Biosimilars Workshop Online

FDA/University of Maryland Biosimilars Workshop Online

On April 13th, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and The University of Maryland Center of Excellence in Regulatory Science (M-CERSI) held an educational webinar entitled “Biosimilars: A Decade of Experience and Future Directions-Strategies for Improving Biosimilar Adoption and the Potential Role of Clinical Pharmacology”. In the workshop, leading academic clinicians with specialties in oncology, […]

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, and biosimilars are entering the marketplace. These give patients new treatment options, and reduce costs through competition. 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.

Non-Medical Switching
Non-Medical Switching is when a patient is switched from one biologic medicine (either an originator product or a biosimilar) to another product- not for reasons of health or safety but for economic reasons. This is often done by a third party such as a private insurer, a pharmacy-benefit manager, or a government agency in order to save money, increase profits, or because of a deal made with a particular manufacturer. This practice is controversial among patients and physicians because treatment decisions are not "one size fits all". Many patients try several biologic medicines until they find one that stabilizes their condition; physicians generally oppose the unnecessary switching of medicines for stable patients.

Member Partners

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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