ASBM Submits Comments on Health Canada’s Biosimilar Handbook for HCPs

April 29, 2022

On April 29th, ASBM submitted comments to Health Canada as part of a stakeholder consultation on its draft Handbook for healthcare professionals on biosimilar biologic drugs. One key area of focus for ASBM’s comments was mixed messaging surrounding biosimilar equivalence and switching, including language which implies, inaccurately, that Canada’s policies were consistent with those of regulators in […]

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VA Study: Patients Switched to Biosimilar Infliximab More Likely to Stop Treatment

March 8, 2022

On February 18th, a study was published in the journal Current Medical Research and Opinion, which examined US Veterans Healthcare Administration (VHA) patients who were switched from innovator infliximab to the VHA-preferred biosimilar. The study found that those who were switched from the reference product to the biosimilar were almost 3 times more likely to stop treatment and 5 times more likely […]

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ASBM Video Shares US Physician Perspectives on Non-Medical Switching

February 28, 2022

ASBM has released our latest video, “Non-Medical Switching”, featuring ASBM Chairman Ralph McKibbin, MD. In the video, Dr. McKibbin shares new data from ASBM’s recent survey of 401 U.S. prescribers of biologics, as well as his own observations on the controversial practice. Among the survey findings: 69% of US physicians surveyed consider it “very important or critical” […]

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ASBM Urges Reform on Copay Accumulator Adjustments

February 10, 2022

On January 27th, ASBM joined other patient advocacy organizations and physician groups in submitting a coalition letter to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), urging the Department to prohibit the practice of copay accumulator adjustment policies. The coalition letter was submitted as part of the comment period on the HHS Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters […]

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ASBM to Participate in Festival of Biologics USA 2022

February 3, 2022

From March 9-11, ASBM will participate in the Festival of Biologics USA 2022, held in San Diego, California. Two ASBM representatives will be presenting on a variety of topics, and moderating several discussion panels at the three-day conference. On March 9th, ASBM Advisory Board Chair Philip Schneider will give a Plenary Presentation on the current biosimilars landscape, […]

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ASBM’s Madelaine Feldman Discusses Role of PBMs in Increasing Drug Prices

February 3, 2022

On January 25th, ASBM’s Immediate Past Chair Madelaine Feldman, MD FACR participated in a webinar entitiled “What’s the Hold-Up? Overcoming Barriers to the Use of Biosimilars,” hosted by The Center for Biosimilars. At the forum, Dr. Feldman discussed the role of payers like insurance companies and pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) in contributing to higher drug […]

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ASBM Presents at 16th Biosimilars Congregation

January 30, 2022

On December 9th, ASBM participated in the 16th Biosimilar Congregation, which focused on the Indian biosimilars market. By 2030, India is expected to become the sixth-largest market for pharmaceuticals, and has already firmly established itself in the global biopharmaceutical market. Many Indian pharmaceutical companies are preparing to step into the global biosimilars market. ASBM was […]

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ASBM Letter to Congress: Paying Physicians to Prescribe Government-Preferred Biosimilars Undermines Patient-Physician Relationship

January 30, 2022

On December 2nd, ASBM sent a letter to House leaders reiterating our opposition to a proposal that would undermine the patient-physician relationship and distort the making of treatment decisions. The U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Rules has released new language for H.R. 5376 containing a provision that would pay physicians a 33% bonus for prescribing their […]

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OSU College of Pharmacy Releases Second ASBM-Authored Biosimilars Course

January 3, 2022

The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy is now offering a second 1-hour Continuing Education (CE) course presented by OSU professor and ASBM Advisory Board Chair Philip Schneider, FASHP, FFIP. The course is entitled “Biosimilar Substitution and Interchangeability”, and discusses how biosimilars are substituted at the pharmacy level in the U.S., and contrasts U.S. practices with […]

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ASBM Featured in WHO Executive Summary of 73rd INN

December 12, 2021

The World Health Organization recently published the Executive Summary of its 73rd Consultation on International Nonproprietary Names, at which ASBM presented on October 19, 2021. From the Executive Summary: Objections to the use of distinct non-proprietary names for biosimilars quote that they may imply inferiority, that they may undermine confidence in their use and may hinder uptake. […]

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