Patients, Physicians Raise Concerns with BC Biosimilar Non-Medical Switching Policy

June 6, 2019

ARLINGTON, Va., June 6, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — On May 27th, the Government of British Columbia (B.C.) announced a policy that will forcibly switch thousands of patients with serious, chronic conditions from their current biologic medicines to lower-cost “biosimilar” treatments, effective November 25th, 2019. The roughly 23,000 patients who will be affected include those with rheumatoid arthritis, plaque psoriasis, […]

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ASBM Exhibits at DDW 2019

June 5, 2019

From May 19-21, 2019 ASBM exhibited at the DDW 2019 Conference held in San Diego, CA. DDW is the one of the largest gatherings of gastroenterologists in the world, boasting more than 14,000 attendees. The conference is hosted by the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA), an ASBM member. 2019 marks the conference’s fiftieth year. ASBM exhibited in the Community […]

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Physicians, Patients Overwhelmingly Support FDA Distinct Biologic Naming Plan, Suffixes for New Products

May 14, 2019

Physicians, Patients Overwhelmingly Support FDA Distinct Biologic Naming Plan, Suffixes for New Products May 13, 2019   Arlington, VA – US physicians and patient advocacy organizations expressed their overwhelming support for the FDA’s suffix-based naming system for biologic medicines and biosimilars, according to comments electronically submitted last week to the agency.   Biologic medicines treat […]

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ASBM Presents at 68th WHO INN Naming Consultation

April 2, 2019

On April 2nd, ASBM Chair Madelaine Feldman, MD, FACR; and Advisory Board Chair, Philip Schneider, MS, FASHP presented before the 68th Consultation on International Nonproprietary Names (INN) for Pharmaceutical Substances in Geneva, Switzerland. This was the twelfth INN Consultation at which ASBM has presented since 2013.  While the discussions in the Open Session at which ASBM presented are […]

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ASBM Exhibits at APhA Annual Meeting

March 26, 2019

From March 22nd-24th, ASBM exhibited at the Annual Meeting and Expo of the American Pharmacists Association (APhA), held in Seattle, Washington.Founded in 1852, APhA is the largest association of pharmacists in the United States, with more than 62,000 practicing pharmacists, pharmaceutical scientists, student pharmacists, pharmacy technicians as members. ASBM was represented at its booth by Advisory Board Chair Philip Schneider, past president of the […]

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ASBM Statement Supporting Updated FDA Naming Guidance

March 12, 2019

ASBM commends the decision by FDA to apply distinguishable suffixes to all biologics, including interchangeable biosimilars, going forward. FDA’s decision puts in place a protocol for a safe future, when there are many more biologics, biosimilars and interchangeable biosimilars. This policy ensures that patients and health care providers can distinguish between products when that is […]

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ASBM Meets with Health Canada, FDA, WHO on Biologic Nomenclature Harmonization

March 7, 2019

On March 6th in Ottawa, Ontario, ASBM hosted the third in a series of meetings between health regulators and other stakeholders from around the globe to discuss the international harmonization of biologic nomenclature and the importance of distinguishable naming. Representatives from Health Canada, the FDA, and WHO participated.  The meeting began with opening remarks by ASBM Executive Director Michael Reilly […]

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ASBM Chair Discusses Interchangeability, Need for Education

March 2, 2019

On January 7th, ASBM Chair Madelaine Feldman, MD FACR was interviewed by the Center for Biosimilars at a forum comprised pharmacists, clinicians, and representatives from biosimilar development companies. The topic was education on biosimilars. Dr Gillian Woollett of Avalere Health moderated the discussion, which was recorded at the group’s studio in New Jersey. Clips from the interview […]

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Statement from ASBM Executive Director Michael Reilly in Response to a Mischaracterization of ASBM’s Work in January 10 Washington Post Article

January 16, 2019

  On January 10, 2019, the Washington Post published an article “Patients stuck in corporate fight against generic drugs.”  I spoke extensively with the author of the article and also suggested that he speak with the Chair of the Alliance for Safe Biologic Medicines (ASBM) international advisory board Dr. Philip Schneider.  Unfortunately, the article did not represent […]

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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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