ASBM Names Harry L. Gewanter, MD as Incoming Chairman; Dean Philip Schneider as International Advisory Board Chair

August 7, 2014

ARLINGTON, VA – Michael Reilly, executive director of the Alliance for Safe Biologic Medicines (ASBM) today announced pediatric rheumatologist and current ASBM International Advisory Board (IAB) member, Harry L. Gewanter, MD, FAAP, FACR as ASBM’s incoming chairman. In addition, Philip Schneider, MS, FASHP, Professor and Associate Dean at the University of Arizona, College of Pharmacy […]

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Massachusetts Governor Signs Pharmacy Legislation Creating a Pathway for Biosimilars

June 24, 2014

Arlington, VA – Today, Governor Deval Patrick enacted biosimilars legislation updating Massachusetts’s pharmacy law and paving the way for the substitution of biosimilars deemed ‘interchangeable’ by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).  The Governor took such action after swift passage of HB 3724 in both chambers of the General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. […]

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Indiana Governor Signs Biosimilars Legislation Ensuring Patient Safety

March 25, 2014

Arlington, VA – Today, the Alliance for Safe Biologic Medicines (ASBM) applauds Governor Mike Pence of Indiana in signing legislation to ensure the safe substitution of interchangeable biologic medicines, approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). “We commend Indiana in taking the lead to make patient safety the priority as life-altering biologics become more […]

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ASBM Presents New European Survey Findings on Biosimilars and the Importance of Nonproprietary Naming

November 22, 2013

Dublin, Ireland – The Alliance for Safe Biologic Medicines (ASBM) today released the results of a new survey on European physicians’ views on biosimilar naming. ASBM Executive Director Michael Reilly presented the findings at the Drug Information Association (DIA) Biosimilars Workshop in Dublin, Ireland. The key findings showed that nonproprietary names matter to patient safety. […]

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ASBM Presents at WHO Meeting on Naming in Geneva

October 22, 2013

ASBM Presents at WHO Meeting on Naming in Geneva Calls for Distinct Non-Proprietary Names to Ensure Patient Safety Geneva, Switzerland – The Alliance for Safe Biologic Medicines (ASBM) today presented at the World Health Organization’s (WHO) 57th Consultation on International Nonproprietary Names (INN) for Pharmaceutical Substances in Geneva, Switzerland. During his presentation, ASBM Chairman, Richard […]

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IAPO Mexico City Meeting Includes Discussion on Biosimilars

September 23, 2013

On September 23rd, in Mexico City, the International Alliance of Patients’ Organizations (IAPO) hosted a discussion on biosimilars at their Latin American Multi-Stakeholder Seminar.  The meeting was attended by patient and interest groups from the region as well as ASBM Executive Director, Michael Reilly, and Global Colon Cancer Association (GCCA) Co-Executive Director, Andy Spiegel. The discussion […]

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The Alliance for Safe Biologic Medicines Statement on the Need for Unique Names for All Biologic Medicines

September 20, 2013

WASHINGTON, DC – Alliance for Safe Biologic Medicines (ASBM) chairman, Richard Dolinar M.D., added a physician’s perspective to the ongoing discussion around the naming of biologic medicines, including biosimilars. “Biologics are highly sensitive to the manufacturing process and their environment; slight differences can have unexpected results,” stated Dolinar. “As a physician, patient safety is paramount. […]

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Dolinar Adds to the Emerging Consensus Among Stakeholders on the Need for Unique Names at an International Regulator Forum

July 1, 2013

Ottawa, ONTARIO – Alliance for Safe Biologic Medicines (ASBM) chairman, Richard Dolinar M.D., was one of a small group of patient advocates invited to address international regulators at the “Regulator Forum on Biologic Naming and Traceability” hosted by Health Canada and BIOTECanada on June 26 and 27. Dolinar’s presentation added a physician’s perspective to the […]

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EuropaBio joins the Alliance for Safe Biologic Medicines

June 27, 2013

WASHINGTON, DC- The Alliance for Safe Biologic Medicines (ASBM) is pleased to announce the addition of EuropaBio to its membership. EuropaBio is the European Association for Bioindustries, bringing together bioscience companies from all fields of research and development, testing, manufacturing and distribution of biotechnology products. It has 56 corporate members, 14 associate members and Bio […]

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Quality, Manufacturing Transparency Key to Avoiding Biologic Drug Shortages: Dolinar Addresses 49th Annual DIA Conference

June 25, 2013

BOSTON, Mass. — Speaking at the 49th Annual Drug Information Association (DIA) Conference, Dr. Richard Dolinar, chairman of The Alliance for Safe Biologic Medicines (ASBM), presented an analysis of past drug shortages and discussed how policies toward biologic drugs can be developed to guard against short supply. Dr. Dolinar’s presentation, entitled “Characterizing Drug Shortages and Their Causes: Anticipated Future Trends,” stresses that quality and consistency are vital for ensuring a steady and safe supply of biologic medicines for patients.

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