February 2015 Newsletter

State Update   As states are beginning their legislative sessions for the year, there are many biosimilar bills that have been introduced. ASBM supports legislation that encourages open communication between physicians and pharmacists where physicians know exactly which product is dispensed to patients.  We applaud the many states that are including this important provision and […]

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December 2014 Newsletter

FDA Hosts Public Hearing on Biosimilars   On January 7, ASBM members Global Colon Cancer Association (GCCA), Global Healthy Living Foundation (GHLF) and the Alliance for Patient Access (AfPA) all testified at the FDA’s Oncologic Drugs Advisory Committee (ODAC) public hearing on biosimilars. The patient groups expressed support for the pending approval, but also outlined […]

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November 2014 Newsletter

Survey Presentation at Spanish Ministry of Health On November 25, Executive Director Michael Reilly presented the European Survey results at the “1st EuropaBio – ASEBIO Meeting on Innovation and Biological Therapies” at the Spanish Ministry of Health, Social Services and Equality in Madrid. The event was hosted by EuropaBio and the Spanish Bioindustry Association (ASEBIO) and […]

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October 2014 Newsletter

ASBM Presents to WHO in Geneva On October 15, ASBM Chairman Dr. Gewanter and Executive Director Michael Reilly traveled to Geneva, Switzerland to participate in the World Health Organization’s (WHO) 59th International Nonproprietary Naming Stakeholders Session.  The Geneva meeting was Dr. Gewanter’s first public appearance as ASBM Chairman, a role he assumed on September 1 […]

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September 2014 Newsletter

ASBM and Patient Groups Support WHO BQ Proposal   In July, the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Programme on International Nonproprietary Names (INN) released their draft Biological Qualifier (BQ) proposal that would assign a four-letter alphabetic code at random to a biological active substance manufactured at a specific site. The WHO proposal outlined a plan for […]

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Summer 2014 Newsletter

ASBM Announces New Chairman and IAB Chair The Alliance for Safe Biologic Medicines (ASBM) recently announced pediatric rheumatologist and current ASBM International Advisory Board (IAB) member, Harry L. Gewanter, MD, FAAP, FACR as ASBM’s incoming chairman. Dr. Gewanter succeeds outgoing chairman Richard Dolinar, MD, who served as ASBM’s initial chairman since 2011. In addition, Philip […]

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June 2014 Newsletter

ASBM Shares EU Physician Survey in Paris Michael Reilly, Executive Director of the Alliance for Safe Biologic Medicines, (ASBM) was featured as an expert panelist at the “Understanding Biologic Medicine: Science, Regulatory Policy and the Changing Dynamics of Biosimilars” event hosted by AbbVie on June 10th in Paris, France. The two-part event was webcast worldwide […]

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May 2014 Newsletter

GaBI Publishes ASBM Whitepaper on European Prescriber Survey On June 5, The Generics and Biosimilars Initiative Journal published a paper authored by ASBM’s Chairman Richard Dolinar, MD and its Executive Director Michael Reilly. The paper is based on data collected by ASBM for its 2013 survey of 470 prescribing physicians with clinical experience using biologics […]

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April 2014 Newsletter

Lawmaker Presses FDA for Guidance on Naming, Interchangeability Policies In a letter to FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg dated April 24, U.S. Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-CA) requested an update on FDA’s timeline for releasing guidance on biosimilar naming and interchangeability. “I believe clear and timely guidance on naming and interchangeability will allow both innovators and manufacturers […]

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March 2014 Newsletter

ASBM Releases EU Physicians’ Survey in Brussels On March 18th in Brussels, the Alliance for Safe Biologic Medicines (ASBM) released the results of a survey of 470 European physicians from five countries regarding their prescribing habits and knowledge of biosimilar medicines. Participants in the survey included specialists in the fields of nephrology, rheumatology, dermatology, neurology, […]

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