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2018 Session Capped with Approval of Three States’ Biosimilar Measures

Over the course of the past year, interchangeable biosimilar substitution laws with physician communication provisions have continued to find enormous success in the states.

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CSRO Attends FSR Conference

CSRO staff was pleased to attend the 2018 Florida Society of Rheumatology Conference in Orlando, Florida.

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Maine Legislature Moves to Protect Patients

Late in Maine’s 2018 session, the legislature passed two separate patient protections measures of benefit to patients battling chronic illnesses.

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Minnesota Enacts Step-therapy Reform Measure

On Friday, May 15th, Governor Mark Dayton of Minnesota signed HF3196 into law providing important patient protections to Minnesota patients.

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Non-Medical Switching Protections Advance in Illinois

HB4146, a bill that protects patients from mid-year formulary changes, has been making steady progress in the Illinois legislature this year. After passing the House, it was assigned to the Special Committee of Medicaid Managed Care, where it was heard in a subject matter hearing on Wednesday, May 9th.

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Alaska Legislature Approves Biosimilar Substitution Measure

Pending the Governor’s signature, passage of the law would cap a multi-year effort to improve future uptake of interchangeable biosimilars that faced numerous obstacles.

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CSRO Travels to the Wisconsin Rheumatology Association’s Annual Meeting

​Last weekend CSRO Vice President, Dr. Madelaine Feldman, traveled to the Wisconsin Rheumatology Association’s annual meeting to represent CSRO, and educate attendees on the role that Pharmacy Benefit Managers (PBMs) play in inflating the price of prescription drugs.

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Michigan Enacts Biosimilar Substitution Measure

In late February, Michigan enacted a biosimilar substitution law that promises to improve uptake of biosimilars, while maintaining appropriate patient protections by requiring notification of substitutions to prescribers.

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New Mexico Legislature Send Step-Therapy Reform to Governor’s Desk

The New Mexico state legislature overwhelmingly approved SB 11, a bill that promises to reform the use of step-therapy protocols by insurers.

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CSRO & Allies Talk Utilization Management in Albany

On Tuesday, January 16th CSRO staff joined allies in Albany, New York to educate lawmakers on utilization management, and pending legislation that promises to improve patient access and continuity of care.

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