Calif. Legislature Sends Biosimilar Drug Bill To Gov.

Law360, Los Angeles (September 4, 2013, 10:54 PM EDT) -- The California state Legislature is sending a bill to Gov. Jerry Brown that would allow pharmacists to substitute biologically similar medicines for higher-cost brand name biologics, the California Healthcare Institute said Wednesday.

The bill, known as SB598, flew through the Senate with a 30-2 vote, the private nonprofit said. The bill would expand permission for dispensing the drugs, which would open up the market for generic medications made up of living cells. Biosimilar medicines can currently only be dispensed by physicians, the organization noted.

“The bill...
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