ASBM Exhibits at ACR Convergence 2020

November 11, 2020

On November 5th and 6th, ASBM exhibited virtually at American College of Rheumatology (ACR) Convergence 2020. The virtual conference took place ran from November 5 – 9, with dedicated exhibit hours on November 5th and 6th. More than 15,000 attendees from 106 countries attended the meeting. ASBM’s virtual booth promoted recent ASBM whitepapers and posters, including a poster presented […]

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ASBM Whitepaper: US Biosimilar Market on Pace With Europe

November 9, 2020

This month, the Journal of the Generics and Biosimilars Initiative (GaBI Journal) published a whitepaper entitled “US biosimilars marketplace on pace with Europe”. The article is co-authored by ASBM’s Executive Director Michael Reilly and its Chair, Madelaine Feldman, MD, FACR. The paper explores in detail the considerable successes of the U.S. biosimilar pathway in its first 10 […]

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ASBM Presents at WHO’s 71st INN Consultation 

October 30, 2020

On October 20th, ASBM presented to the World Health Organization’s (WHO’s) 71st Consultation on International Nonproprietary Names (INN) for Pharmaceutical Substances, held in Geneva, Switzerland. This was the fifteenth INN Consultation at which ASBM has presented. ASBM was represented by Executive Director Michael Reilly, Esq., and Advisory Board Chair Philip Schneider, MS, FASHP. Due to coronavirus-related travel restrictions in […]

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ASBM Launches New Microsite on Forced Switching in Canada

October 30, 2020

On October 28th, ASBM launched a new microsite focused on the issue of forced biosimilar substitution in Canada- the forcing of patients off their physician-prescribed biologics and onto preferred government-chosen products. www.NoForcedSwitching.ca   This controversial practice is rare among the advanced countries of the world, and has raised concerns among patient and physician organizations worldwide. […]

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Alberta MP To Provide Feedback to Government on Drug Pricing Guidelines Following Implementation Delay

September 10, 2020

Alberta’s Shadow Health Minister, Matt Jeneroux, has used a recent implementation delay for new drug pricing guidelines from the Patented Medicines Pricing Review Board (PMPRB) to collect additional feedback about the proposed changes and will be presenting a comprehensive report to the government in the fall based on his findings. Originally scheduled to take effect on […]

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Study: Biosimilar Infliximab Uptake Slow, But Tracks With Europe

September 10, 2020

The uptake of infliximab biosimilars in the United States is slow but tracks closely to the experience in Europe, according to a new study. After 2 years, infliximab biosimilars assumed a large share of the Europe market. While biosimilar filgrastim has gained large market share in the U.S., uptake of biosimilar infliximab has lagged that of […]

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FDA Approves 28th Biosimilar, Sixth for Adalimumab

September 10, 2020

On July 6th, the FDA approved its 28th biosimilar, HULIO (adalimumab-fkjp). The approval also represents the sixth biosimilar approved by the FDA for adalimumab (HUMIRA). The first was AMJEVITA (adalimumab-atto), approved in September 2016, and the most recent was ABRILADA (adalimumab-afzb), approved in December of 2019. Like its reference product, HUMIRA (adalimumab), HULIO is approved a […]

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GaBI Journal: UK Study Shows Need for Improved Identification of Biologics

August 30, 2020

An article in the summer issue of the Journal of the Generics and BIosimilars Initiative (GaBI Journal) emphasizes the need for improved pharmacovigilance with biologic medicines in the UK. The article, entitled “Poor traceability of biologicals in UK ADR reporting indicates the need for improvements to ensure patient safety” covers the UK BIO-TRAC study, which conducted […]

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Report: Canada’s Pharmaceutical Pricing Reforms Creating Negative Impacts for Patients

August 30, 2020

A sweeping and controversial reform of Canada’s 30-year old regime overseeing patented medicine prices is already creating negative impacts in the life sciences sector and reducing patients’ access to medicines, according to a new report from Innovative Medicines Canada and Life Sciences Ontario. The regulations, drafted by Canada’s Patented Medicine Prices Review Board (PMPRB) were published […]

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Two New Biosimilars Launch in Canada

August 30, 2020

The month of August saw two new biosimilars launch in Canada: The first, Ziextenzo, is a biosimilar pegfilgrastim- a long-acting form of recombinant human granulocyte colony-stimulating factor (r-metHuG-CSF), or filgrastim. It is was approved April 21st of this year by Health Canada to decrease the incidence of infection, as manifested by febrile neutropenia, in patients […]

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