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Lupus Foundation of Florida Applauds Support for Biosimilars Legislation
Date:4/3/2013

TALLAHASSEE, Fla., April 3, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Lupus Foundation of Florida applauds the Health Policy committee of the Florida Senate for the passage of Senate Bill 732 out of committee.  The legislation will allow biologic medicines to be automatically substituted with interchangeable biosimilar medicines by pharmacists.  It would also ensure doctors are made aware of product substitution and ensure records of biosimilar substitution are kept for a reasonable amount of time.

"As a patient advocate, I overwhelmingly support this bill, which sets guidelines for safely introducing biosimilar drugs into the Florida pharmaceutical market," said Linda Reucher , Program Director of The Lupus Foundation of Florida. "Senator Grimsley's bill supports transparency of our healthcare system and provides the most vulnerable Floridians – the elderly and chronically ill – affordable access to these life-changing medications.  The bill will also ensure that doctors and their patients have the most accurate information available, which ensures the highest standard of medical care."

The Food and Drug Administration will likely approve biosimilars in the next year or two and they will soon be made available to patients.  Setting up a framework for patients to access biosimilars at pharmacy counters and ensuring the safe substitution and tracking of these highly complex products now – rather than down the road – makes sense.

As the name indicates biosimilars are similar, though not exact copies of their reference biologic product, and so even miniscule changes between a biologic and its biosimilar products might affect lupus patients and other patients taking biologic medicines.

There are approximately 1.5 million Americans with lupus a
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