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Biosimilars bill passes House, heads to governor

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Pharmacists would be able to substitute an interchangeable biosimilar drug for a prescribed name-brand product under a bill passed by the Indiana House of Representatives on Tuesday.

The bill now moves to the governor’s office for consideration.

The legislation, authored by Sen. Brandt Hershman, R-Buck Creek, creates a series of steps to ensure the safety of automatic substitution of biosimilar medications.

“While the science behind these drugs is very complex, this issue is very simple from policy standpoint,” said Rep. Ed Clere, the House sponsor for the bill. “The bill ensures communication between providers, patients, and pharmacists, during the dispensing process.”

Senate Bill 262 includes the five principles supported by BIO, the Biotechnology Industry Organization:

- The FDA must deem a drug interchangeable before it can be substituted.

- The physician must allow for substitution.

- The pharmacist must notify the patient of the substitution.

- The pharmacist must notify the doctor of the substitution.

- Both the pharmacist and the doctor must keep a record of the substitution.

The bill is similar to legislation that was passed by the House during last year’s legislative session but was killed by the Senate.

“The Senate incorporated several changes this year to preserve the five principles, while also addressing concerns that have resulted in some of the folks who opposed the legislation last year, now switching and supporting the legislation this year,” Clere said while addressing the House. “So we have an even better bill than what most of you supported last year.”
 

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  1. I took Bruce's comments to highlight a glaring issue when it comes to a state's image, and therefore its overall branding. An example is Michigan vs. Indiana. Michigan has done an excellent job of following through on its branding strategy around "Pure Michigan", even down to the detail of the rest stops. Since a state's branding is often targeted to visitors, it makes sense that rest stops, being that point of first impression, should be significant. It is clear that Indiana doesn't care as much about the impression it gives visitors even though our branding as the Crossroads of America does place importance on travel. Bruce's point is quite logical and accurate.

  2. I appreciated the article. I guess I have become so accustomed to making my "pit stops" at places where I can ALSO get gasoline and something hot to eat, that I hardly even notice public rest stops anymore. That said, I do concur with the rationale that our rest stops (if we are to have them at all) can and should be both fiscally-responsible AND designed to make a positive impression about our state.

  3. I don't know about the rest of you but I only stop at these places for one reason, and it's not to picnic. I move trucks for dealers and have been to rest areas in most all 48 lower states. Some of ours need upgrading no doubt. Many states rest areas are much worse than ours. In the rest area on I-70 just past Richmond truckers have to hike about a quarter of a mile. When I stop I;m generally in a bit of a hurry. Convenience,not beauty, is a primary concern.

  4. Community Hospital is the only system to not have layoffs? That is not true. Because I was one of the people who was laid off from East. And all of the LPN's have been laid off. Just because their layoffs were not announced or done all together does not mean people did not lose their jobs. They cherry-picked people from departments one by one. But you add them all up and it's several hundred. And East has had a dramatic drop I in patient beds from 800 to around 125. I know because I worked there for 30 years.

  5. I have obtained my 6 gallon badge for my donation of A Positive blood. I'm sorry to hear that my donation was nothing but a profit center for the Indiana Blood Center.

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