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Advocates in Kentucky Get a Big Win for Biosimilar Substitution

Big news for our arthritis community in Kentucky! On April 13, 2016, Gov. Matt Bevin (R – KY) signed Senate Bill 134 into law. The law creates a pathway for the introduction and use of biosimilars into the mainstream marketplace. Biosimilar medications have the potential to provide safe and effective treatment to people with arthritis at a potentially lower cost than name-brand biologic medications.

The many letters, calls and visits made by Arthritis Foundation Advocates in Kentucky played a significant role in the passage of SB 134.

Biologics are carefully engineered and can never truly be duplicated. This means that even biosimilars deemed interchangeable are not generic replicas of original biologics. Nationwide, states are now enacting legislation to create a pathway for biosimilars because current laws on generic substitution do not have jurisdiction on biosimilars. Because both biologics and biosimilars are complex treatments requiring careful oversight, any changes or substitutions require communication and transparency in all pharmacy transactions. The final bill language requires that the provider’s office be notified when there is a substitution.

“Attending my first KY Advocacy and Access Day, it was heartwarming to connect on a personal level with the key legislators who were actively involved with this bill and its ultimate passage. To be able to communicate with them, representing not only my concerns, but especially those of the many arthritis sufferers we represented, was key to the ultimate success we all achieved,” says Bill Goulet, Arthritis Foundation advocate. “We were able to explain the importance of provider notification as just one of the key components of the delicate balance involved in working with biologic medications and biosimilars at an individual patient level.”

Picture: Pam Fields, State Director Advocacy and Access; Angela Young, Ambassador; Rep. Jeff Greer, Chairman House Banking and Insurance; Bill Goulet, Ambassador. Meeting with Rep. Greer to discuss passage of SB 134 with the Provider Provision left in.  2016 KY Advocacy and Access Day, February 23, 2016
Picture: Pam Fields, State Director Advocacy and Access; Angela Young, Ambassador; Rep. Jeff Greer, Chairman House Banking and Insurance; Bill Goulet, Ambassador. Meeting with Rep. Greer to discuss passage of SB 134 with the Provider Provision left in.  2016 KY Advocacy and Access Day, February 23, 2016

 

 

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  1. I’m fighting with flares,which we cannot get under control,have been fighting since flu shot in Oct 2014,both hands,could not dress,hold cup,eat with a fork,pull the covers over self, both hands,neck and both sides of chest and in my upper back, and now am just very fagitured, every thing I do is a effort,even going to coffee with friends.and of course depression is very high,I can not get myself in a good spot,we are on another new drug,I have been on everything out their on another one,my dr said their are a couple new ones coming out. I feel very alone. At this point,and things like I’m not a child,I donot have kids at home,and ect are not working for me at this point, will after start using a feel good drug

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