ASBM Advisory Board Chair Responds to Mischaracterization of Comments in Washington Post

January 14, 2019

by Philip Schneider, MS FASHP FFIP Advisory Board Chair, Alliance for Safe Biologic Medicines   This is to clarify an irresponsible misrepresentation by Christopher Rowland in his article “Patients Stuck In Corporate Fight Against Generic Drugs,” published in the January 9, 2019 edition of the Washington Post.   My comments that were misinterpreted in this article […]

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ASBM Presents 5-Hour CE Course to NY Pharmacists

October 1, 2018

On September 30th, ASBM presented a 5-hr Continuing Education (CE) course for more than 75 New York area pharmacists. The majority of these attendees were drawn from community pharmacy practice, with a smaller number practicing in health system pharmacy. The CE course was presented in conjunction with The Arnold and Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy […]

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93% of Americans are Now Covered by Biosimilar Substitution Laws

April 1, 2018

Philip J. Schneider, MS FASHP ASBM Advisory Board Chair This week, West Virginia Governor Jim Justice and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker signed bills updating pharmacy regulations in their respective states. The new laws permit pharmacists to substitute interchangeable biosimilars in place of an originator biologic medicine when they are approved by the FDA. The signing […]

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Behind the Numbers: A Q&A With ASBM’s Michael Reilly

December 7, 2017

  The Alliance for Safe Biologic Medicines conducts regular surveys to better understand physicians’ perspectives on originator biologics and biosimilars. The organization recently released its 2017 Canadian Prescriber Survey. The survey reveals Canadian physicians’ attitudes on a number of critical policy issues surrounding the approval and use of originator biologics and biosimilars.   83 per […]

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New Leadership Means New Opportunities for Better Policy

November 15, 2017

By Michael Reilly Executive Director, ASBM Prior to serving as ASBM’s Executive Director, I worked from 2002-2008 at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), including three years as Associate Deputy Secretary under Alex M. Azar, who was nominated recently as HHS Secretary. As a former health regulator, I understand the challenges we face when trying […]

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The EU Biosimilars Experience: Missed Opportunities

June 21, 2017

By Michael S. Reilly, Esq. Executive Director, ASBM If a recent headline describing the biosimilar experience in Europe were to be believed, one would expect that biosimilars have captured a great deal of the biologics marketplace. The headline, “Biosimilars in Europe: 11 years, 28 approvals, 0 safety concerns” suggests these complex medicines are perfectly safe […]

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What a Difference a Year Makes!

November 18, 2016

Philip J. Schneider, MS FASHP Associate Dean, University of Arizona College of Pharmacy ASBM Advisory Board Chair This past weekend it was my honor to participate in a continuing education course for 100 New York pharmacists on the topic of biologic medicines and biosimilars, including safety and regulatory considerations which affect pharmacy practice.  The 5-hour […]

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One of These is Not Like the Other …

November 7, 2016

Harry L. Gewanter, MD, FAAP, FACR Chairman, ASBM   Since becoming involved with ASBM on the Medical Advisory Board and, more recently, as Chairman, I’ve learned a great deal about biosimilars. Being a pediatrician, I have found that analogies are an extraordinarily helpful means to explain complex issues. This video has proven to be an […]

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Why Meaningful, Memorable Biologic Suffixes Are Like Red Light Cameras

September 21, 2016

By Michael Reilly, Executive Director, ASBM To date, the FDA has approved three biosimilars. The first, Zarxio (filgrastim-sndz), used a meaningful, memorable suffix based on the manufacturers name (Sandoz). The second two use the random suffixes “-dyyb” and “-szzs” which mean, well, nothing. ASBM’s surveys have shown that physicians (78%) and pharmacists (85%) support memorable […]

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A Picture is worth a thousand words…

September 15, 2016

A Picture is worth a thousand words… Why Memorable Names are preferred by Pharmacists by Philip Schneider, MS FASHP Associate Dean, University of Arizona College of Pharmacy ASBM Advisory Board Chair Yesterday, I was in Philadelphia with a group of about 50 pharmacy students and faculty speaking about biosimilars and the role they do play and […]

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