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CSRO Hosts State Society Leaders at the ACR

On Monday, October 22nd, CSRO hosted a breakfast for state rheumatology society leaders present at the ACR. Attendees had the opportunity to learn more about emergent patient access issues, CSRO’s plans for 2019, and hear from a speaker who discussed implementation and compliance issues with existing patient access laws.

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Illinois Enacts Non-medical Switching Protections

On Friday, August 24th, Illinois’ Governor signed HB4146 into law, providing patients much needed protections from non-medical switching.

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CSRO attends National Conference of State Legislatures

Each year state legislators from across the country congregate to discuss innovative solutions that can be implemented to solve problems faced in common by various state legislatures.

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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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