Alberta Announces Forced Biosimilar Substitution Policy for Half its Patients

December 13, 2019

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 […]

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New White Paper To Detail European Biosimilar Evolution and Policy Principles

November 9, 2019

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 […]

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ASBM Exhibits at DIA Annual Canadian Meeting

November 8, 2019

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 […]

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ASBM Presents to WHO, Urging International Harmonization of Biologic Nomenclature

October 28, 2019

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 […]

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ASBM Presents at Biosimilar World Congress: Europe

October 20, 2019

On October 15th and 16th, ASBM participated in the Biosimilar World Congress: Europe 2019, part of the three-day Festival of Biologics held in Basel, Switzerland. ASBM was represented at the conference by Advisory Board Chair Philip Schneider and Steering Committee member Andrew Spiegel, executive director of the Global Colon Cancer Association. On the first day, Dr. Schneider […]

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ASBM Releases Preliminary Findings from European Prescribers Survey at ESMO 2019

October 1, 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 […]

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ASBM Raises Concerns for Patients as BC Gov’t Expands Biologics Forced-Switching Policy

September 11, 2019

Erosion of Physician and Patient Treatment Choice Continues – Alliance for Safe Biologic Medicines Raises Concerns for Patients as British Columbia Expands Biologics Forced Switching Policy September 10, 2019   VANCOUVER, B.C.- On September 5th, the Government of British Columbia (BC) announced that it would be forcibly switching 1,700 patients with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) […]

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ASBM Releases Fact Sheet on British Columbia vs EU Substitution Policies

August 5, 2019

As BC attempts to increase biosimilar use by force-switching 23,000 patients, Europe enjoys high uptake rates while preserving patient and physician choice.  On August 5th, ASBM released a fact sheet contrasting the biosimilar substitution policies of European countries (which generally have robust biosimilar markets) with the newly announced British Columbia policy. First fact sheet also addresses misconceptions […]

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ASBM Exhibits, Presents at DIA 2019 Annual Meeting

July 29, 2019

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, […]

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ASBM Joins Patient Advocacy Groups in Opposing Shared CMS Billing Codes for Multiple Biologic Products

July 16, 2019

On July 16th, A group of patient advocacy organizations sent a letter to Senate Committee on Finance members Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Chuck Grassley (R-IA), opposing any changes to CMS policy that would result in the use of shared billing codes to cover multiple different products. The letter was organized by ASBM member Alliance for […]

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