Calif. Governor Vetoes Biosimilars Substitution Bill

Law360, New York (October 15, 2013, 1:37 PM EDT) -- California Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday vetoed a bill requiring pharmacists to tell doctors when they substitute biosimilar drugs for their brand-name counterparts, a high-profile defeat for innovator companies trying to head off cheaper competition.

The surprise move, which followed near-unanimous votes of approval in the Legislature, came in response to vigorous lobbying by the state pension system, a major buyer of prescription drugs that worried the law could cause consumers and physicians to view biosimilars as risky.

In his veto message, Brown signaled a measure...
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