Biosimilar Working Group Sends Letter to Manitoba Opposing Forced Substitution

June 18, 2020

In a letter dated June 18, the Canada-based Biosimilar Working Group (BWG) urged the Canadian province of Manitoba to reject the forced-substitution policies some provinces are implementing to increase biosimilar uptake. The letter was addressed to Cameron Friesen, Manitoba’s Minister of Health, Seniors, and Active Living. From the letter:   We have concerns regarding implementation of […]

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ASBM Exhibits at Three Virtual Conferences in June

June 15, 2020

During the month of June, ASBM will be participating in three virtual conferences. We encourage all our members to visit the websites of these virtual conferences.   EULAR E-Congress (From June 3) ASBM will present a poster abstract entitled “European Prescribers’ Perspectives on Biosimilars”. Data is drawn from ASBM’s 2019 survey of Rheumatologists in France, Germany, Italy, […]

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ASBM Surveys Included in Systemic Review of Physician Biosimilar Perspectives

June 1, 2020

On May 5th, the British Medical Journal (BMJ) published a review of numerous surveys and studies examining physician attitudes toward biosimilars, entitled “Physicians’ perceptions of the uptake of biosimilars: a systematic review” Of 331 unique studies examined, only 23 met the quality assessment of two independent researchers for inclusion. Among these were several physician surveys conducted by ASBM. Most of the selected studies […]

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ASBM Surveys of Physician Perspectives on Biosimilars Included in Systemic Review

May 13, 2020

On May 5th, the British Medical Journal (BMJ) published a review of numerous surveys and studies examining physician attitudes toward biosimilars, entitled “Physicians’ perceptions of the uptake of biosimilars: a systematic review” Of 331 unique studies examined, only 23 met the quality assessment of two independent researchers for inclusion. Among these were several physician surveys conducted by ASBM. Most of the selected studies […]

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Gastroenterologists: More Evidence Needed Before Non-Medical Switching of IBD Patients

May 5, 2020

On April 27th, the journal Digesitve Diseases and Sciences published a editorial by Frank I. Scott, MD entitled “Infliximab Versus Biosimilars for IBD: Is It Better to Fight Than Switch?. Dr. Scott heads the Crohn’s and Colitis Center, Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Department of Medicine, at the University of Colorado. In the editorial, Dr. Scott discusses a study appearing in the April issue […]

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ASBM Presents on Need for International Harmonization of Biologic Nomenclature at WHO 70th INN Consultation

April 23, 2020

On April 21st, ASBM presented to the World Health Organization’s (WHO’s) 70th Consultation on International Nonproprietary Names (INN) for Pharmaceutical Substances, held in Geneva, Switzerland. This was the fourteenth 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 Submits Comments on FDA Draft Guidance for Communications Regarding Biosimilars

April 15, 2020

On April 6th, ASBM submitted comments on the FDA’s recently published draft guidance outlining its current thinking on presenting data and information in a truthful and non-misleading way about biosimilars and reference products in FDA-regulated promotional materials. It addresses questions companies may have when developing these kinds of materials and provides examples that can help with specific […]

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ASBM Whitepaper: Lessons from European Biosimilar Markets

March 25, 2020

On March 25th, the Journal of the Generics and Biosimilars Initiative (GaBI Journal) published a whitepaper entitled Policy recommendations for a sustainable biosimilars market: lessons from Europe. The paper was authored by ASBM Executive Director Michael Reilly and Advisory Board Chair Philip Schneider. The biosimilar market in Europe is the largest in the world, representing approximately 60% of […]

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ASBM Participates in DC Meetings on U.S. Biosimilar Market

March 15, 2020

On March 9th and 10th, two major meetings were held in the nation’s capitol to discuss the barriers to the success of biosimilars in the U.S. marketplace. The first meeting was a joint FDA/FTC Public Workshop held on March 9th at the FDA’s headquarters. The second was a half-day event sponsored by the Hatch Center, Pfizer, and the Biosimilars Forum […]

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ASBM Leads Sessions at Festival of Biologics USA 2020

March 8, 2020

From March 2-4, ASBM representatives led multiple sessions at the World Biosimilar Congress USA, part of the Festival of Biologics USA 2020 held in San Diego, CA. ASBM Steering Committee Member Andy Spiegel, executive director of the Global Colon Cancer Association, participated in an opening “fireside chat” with Leah Christl, PhD. Dr. Christl formerly led the FDA’s […]

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