ASBM Meets with Health Policymakers in Alberta, Participates in Biosimilars Forum

October 6, 2016

On October 5th, ASBM Executive Director Michael Reilly and Steering Committee member Andrew Spiegel of the Global Colon Cancer Association, met with Health Alberta regulators to offer ASBM’s perspectives on Canadian biosimilar policy. Reilly and Spiegel shared data from ASBM’s survey of Canadian prescribers. ASBM counts 12 Canadian patient groups among its membership, and ASBM member IAPO […]

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Op-Ed: Protect Patients with Open Communication

October 6, 2016

On September 30th, An op-ed appeared in the Detroit News, authored by Marcia Horn, President and CEO of the International Cancer Advocacy Network (ICAN), an ASBM Steering Committee member. Ms. Horn discusses how legislation permitting biosimilar substitution could help Michigan patients. Similar legislation has been passed in 25 states and Puerto Rico. A key provision […]

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FDA Approves Fourth Biosimilar

September 29, 2016

On Friday, September 23rd the FDA approved its fourth biosimilar, Amjevita (adalimumab-atto). Amjevita (adalimumab-atto) was approved for seven adult indications of  its reference product, Humira (adalibumab): moderately to severely active rheumatoid arthritis; active psoriatic arthritis; active ankylosing spondylitis (an arthritis that affects the spine); moderately to severely active Crohn’s disease; moderately to severely active ulcerative colitis; and […]

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ASBM Latin American Chapter Joins Biosimilars Forum in Brazil

September 28, 2016

SÁO PAULO, BRAZIL- The Latin American Chapter of the Alliance for Safe Biologic Medicines (ASBM) and the Global Colon Cancer Association (GCCA) today participated in a biologics and biosimilars forum in Sáo Paulo, Brazil. The chapter is comprised of eight patient organizations representing a variety of disease groups including multiple forms of cancer, hepatitis, and […]

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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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ASBM Presents at University of the Sciences in Philadelphia

September 15, 2016

On September 15th, 2016, ASBM held an educational forum at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia (USciences). The program drew 50 attendees comprised of pharmacists, faculty members, pharmacy students. The program began with an introduction to biosimilars from USciences Associate Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences Dr. Zhiyu Li. Dr. Li is Director of Undergraduate Pharmacology/Toxicology Program, where he […]

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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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ASBM and MD State Medical Society Host Biosimilars Forum in Baltimore

July 25, 2016

On Friday, July 22nd, The Alliance for Safe Biologic Medicines and MedChi, the Maryland State Medical Society co-hosted a forum entitled “Biosimilars: New Choices, New Challenges”. The event was attended by more than 45 physicians, legislators, patient advocates, healthcare workers, and others. MedChi’s CEO, Gene Ransom III began the forum with a discussion of the importance of biosimilars […]

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VIDEO: Autoimmune Patient Discusses Concerns with Non-Medical Switching

July 8, 2016

In this video, patient advocate Kathleen Arntsen, President and CEO of the Lupus and Allied Diseases Association (LADA) and an autoimmune patient herself, discusses the power of advocacy and her concerns with Non-Medical Switching (NMS). NMS is the switching of a patient from one treatment to another, typically by a third party such as a Pharmacy Benefit Manager (PBM) […]

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ASBM Promotes High Approval Standards, Memorable Names at DIA 2016

July 6, 2016

ASBM was an exhibitor during the 52nd Annual meeting of the Drug Information Association (DIA) held June 26th-30th in Philadelphia. ASBM members and staff discussed biosimilars policy with attendees, including the need for the FDA to maintain high standards for safety and efficacy when approving biosimilars. More than 65 attendees, including clinical researchers, physicians, pharmacists, […]

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