Calif. biosimilars bill vetoed by Gov. Brown

10/14/2013 | New York Times (tiered subscription model), The

California Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed a state bill that would limit the use of biosimilars by requiring pharmacists to notify doctors and patients if a biosimilar was being substituted for the prescribed drug, which the bill said could be done in cases in which the FDA says the biosimilar is interchangeable with the brand-name drug. A notification requirement was premature because the FDA has yet to decide on the standards for biosimilars' interchangeability with original products, Brown said.

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