With new, innovative arthritis medications coming to market, patients with arthritis may soon have access to potentially less expensive biosimilar medications (similar to biologics).
However, imagine that, without your knowledge, your pharmacy substituted the biologic medication prescribed by your doctor with a new interchangeable biosimilar. Residents of Arizona no longer have to worry because this week, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey signed House Bill 2310 (HB 2310) into law. HB 2310 allows pharmacists to substitute biologic medications with new, interchangeable and potentially less expensive biosimilar medications when they come to market. The bill also ensures patients and their physicians know when a substitution occurs, resulting in a complete and accurate patient medical record. And, if physicians do not want a substitution to occur, they can stipulate that the prescription be dispensed as written.
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