ASBM Presents at 67th WHO INN Consultation

November 6, 2018

On October 23rd, ASBM Advisory Board Chair, Philip Schneider, MS, FASHP and Steering Committee Member Andrew Spiegel, Executive Director of the Global Colon Cancer Association, presented before the 67th Consultation on International Nonproprietary Names (INN) for Pharmaceutical Substances in Geneva, Switzerland. This was the eleventh INN Consultation at which ASBM has presented since 2013.  While the discussions […]

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Regulators, Physicians, Patients to WHO: A Harmonized Biologic Naming Protocol is Important to Patient Safety; Please Act Now

October 22, 2018

Regulators, Physicians, Patients to WHO: A Harmonized Biologic Naming Protocol is Important to Patient Safety; Please Act Now A whitepaper released today by the Alliance for Safe Biologic Medicines calls on the World Health Organization (WHO) to implement a harmonized naming protocol for biologic medicines to help keep patients safe. Names – of products, people, […]

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Non-Medical Switching: What do Physicians and Patients Think?

October 5, 2018

Three physicians and two patient advocates discuss their concerns with the non-medical switching of biologic medicines by third parties such as insurers or pharmacy-benefit managers (PBMs). ASBM’s Chair, Madelaine Feldman, MD FACR is joined by ASBM’s Immediate Past Chair, Harry Gewanter, MD MACR; and ASBM’s Founding Chair, Richard Dolinar, MD; to discuss physician perspectives on NMS. The patient […]

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ASBM Presents 5-Hour CE Course to NY Pharmacists

October 1, 2018

On September 30th, ASBM presented a 5-hr Continuing Education (CE) course for more than 75 New York area pharmacists. The majority of these attendees were drawn from community pharmacy practice, with a smaller number practicing in health system pharmacy. The CE course was presented in conjunction with The Arnold and Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy […]

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ASBM Holds CE Course for Rhode Island Pharmacists

September 28, 2018

September 26th, ASBM held a 2-hour Continuing Education (CE) course for Rhode Island pharmacists. The course was presented in conjunction with the Rhode Island Society of Health-system Pharmacists (RISHP) and the University of Rhode Island College of Pharmacy. The course began with remarks from RISHP’s Raymond Iannuccillo, PharmD, an oncology research pharmacist with Rhode Island Hospital, who […]

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ASBM Submits Comments to FDA on Biosimilars

September 27, 2018

On September 21st, 2018 ASBM submitted comments to FDA as a follow-up to September 4th Public Hearing “Facilitating Competition and Innovation in the Biological Products Marketplace”, at which three ASBM Chairs, and several Steering Committee members testified. The purpose of the hearing and the request for comments, is to seek input on how the FDA can achieve the following goals: […]

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Canadian Biosimilar Working Group Launches Website

September 14, 2018

The Biosimilar Working Group, a Canadian-based coalition of non-profit organizations, registered health charities, and health care advocacy coalitions, launched its website this month. The launch was announced in conjunction with the Group’s September meeting in Toronto, ON. The Biosimilars Working Group is dedicated to ensuring that good outcomes for patients are at the centre of health […]

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ASBM Chairs Past and Present, Four Steering Committee Members Testify at FDA Biosimilar Hearing

September 13, 2018

  On September 4th, 2018, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) held a hearing on the Biosimilar Action Plan announced by FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb in July. The action plan addressed 4 key areas intended to improve biosimilar competition: Improving the efficiency of the biosimilar and interchangeable product development and approval process Maximizing scientific and regulatory clarity […]

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ASBM Presents to Malta Pharmaceutical Association

July 24, 2018

On July 18th, ASBM Advisory Chair Philip Schneider gave a presentation to the Malta Pharmaceutical Association entitled “Biologic nomenclature: Implementation of an internationally harmonized system”. The presentation offered an overview of the state of international harmonization in the area of biologic naming, including examination of the naming policies of major national regulators and views of health professionals […]

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FDA Approves 12th Biosimilar, 2nd for Filgrastim

July 24, 2018

On July 20th, the FDA approved Pfizer’s Nivestym, (filgrastim-aafi,) the second biosimilar to Neupogen (filgrastim), manufactured by Amgen. The drug is approved for the same indications as the reference product, including decreasing the incidence of infection due to neutropenia. Specifically, the drug has been approved to treat side effects from cancer treatment for patients: With acute […]

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