ASBM Presents at WHO 64th Naming Meeting

April 5, 2017

On April 4rd, in Geneva, Switzerland, ASBM participated in the World Health Organization’s 64rd Stakeholder Consultation on International Nonproprietary Names. ASBM has been a regular participant at the INN Consultations since 2013. ASBM’s Chairman Harry L. Gewanter, Advisory Board Chair Philip Schneider, MS, FASHP and Advisory Board Member Jeff Jones, PhD represented ASBM at this […]

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ASBM Chair Testifies in Support of KS Biosimilar Bill

March 17, 2017

On March 16th, ASBM Chairman Harry Gewanter, MD testified before the Kansas Senate Public Health and Welfare Committee in support of HB 2107 which would modify the Kansas Pharmacy Act to permit the pharmacy-level substitution of interchangeable biosimilars. ASBM’s Advisory Board Chair Philip Schneider, Associate Dean of University of Arizona College of Pharmacy testified in support […]

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ASBM’s Schneider testifies in support of NM Substitution Bills

February 21, 2017

On February 20th, ASBM Advisory Board Chair Philip Schneider, Associate Dean of University Arizona College of Pharmacy, testified before the New Mexico Legislature in support of its biosimilar substitution bill. Dr. Schneider appeared before the House Business and Industry Committee to support  and the Senate Corporations and Transportation Committee to support HB 260 and SB […]

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New research reveals how Australian physician confidence in prescribing biosimilars could be bolstered

February 16, 2017

  A leading authority on international biosimilar medicines policies today released new research that identifies key areas to improve Australian physicians’ confidence in prescribing biosimilar medicines.   The Alliance for Safe Biologic Medicines (ASBM), a non-profit organization, surveyed 160 Australian physicians who prescribe biologics from seven therapeutic specialties with respect to their beliefs and attitudes […]

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ASBM Briefs Kansas Legislators; Testifies in Support of Substitution Bill

January 26, 2017

On January 24th, ASBM participated in a briefing for 25 Kansas state legislators, patients, and others regarding HB 2107, a recently introduced biosimilar substitution bill similar to those passed by 26 states and Puerto Rico. ASBM had submitted a letter of support for the bill the previous day.  Read ASBM’s letter of support for HB 2107 […]

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ASBM Statement on FDA’s Final Naming Guidance

January 13, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ASBM Statement on Final Guidance for Industry Nonproprietary Naming of Biological Products (Issued January 12, 2017) ARLINGTON, Va. – The Alliance for Safe Biologic Medicines (ASBM) today issued the following statement in response to FDA final guidance on biologic naming: We commend the FDA for its continued leadership in emphasizing the importance […]

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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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ASBM Participates in AusBiotech 2016 Conference

October 26, 2016

During the last week of October, ASBM participated in the AusBiotech 2016 conference, which ran from the 24th-26th in Melbourne, Australia. The event attracted more than 2000 attendees, including Australian regulators, physicians, patients, researchers and biologic manufacturers. Andrew Spiegel, executive director of the Global Colon Cancer Association, an ASBM Steering Committee member, represented ASBM at the […]

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ASBM Member Testifies in Support of BsUFA Reauthorization

October 20, 2016

On October 20th, representatives from the patient, physician, and pharmacist communities joined manufacturers of innovator biologics and biosimilars to discuss reauthorization of the Biosimilars User Fee Act (BsUFA). BsUFA is a five-year agreement between FDA and stakeholders that finances the FDA’s review of biosimilars through fees paid by biosimilar sponsors. It is set to expire […]

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ASBM Presents to WHO at 63rd INN Meeting

October 19, 2016

On October 18th, in Geneva, Switzerland, ASBM President Doug Badger and Advisory Board Chair Philip Schneider, MS, FASHP participated in the World Health Organization’s 63rd Stakeholder Consultation on International Nonproprietary Names. The subject of the INN meeting is the continued development of the INN Programme’s Biologic Qualifier (BQ) proposal. The is a modification to the INN system designed […]

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