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California Governor Jerry Brown Vetoes Biosimilar Drugs Bill

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On October 12th, Governor Brown returned a biosimilar drugs bill without his signature (see earlier post for more details about the vetoed bill).

The bill would have allowed the substitution of biologics with biosimilars that were deemed interchangeable by the FDA, and required physician notification of any substitutions. As the FDA has not yet determined the criteria for labeling a biosimilar and biologic drug interchangeable, Governor Brown felt that it was premature to require prescriber notification. Those against the bill felt that prescriber notification would cast doubt on the safety and effectiveness of biosimilar drugs.



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