Interchangeable biosimilar biological products; permits pharmacists to dispense, etc. (HB1422)

Introduced By

Del. John O'Bannon (R-Richmond) with support from 20 copatrons, whose average partisan position is:

Those copatrons are Del. Dickie Bell (R-Staunton), Del. Kirk Cox (R-Colonial Heights), Del. Keith Hodges (R-Urbanna), Del. Bill Howell (R-Fredericksburg), Del. Chris Jones (R-Suffolk), Del. Don Merricks (R-Danville), Del. Bobby Orrock (R-Thornburg), Del. Chris Peace (R-Mechanicsville), Del. Margaret Ransone (R-Kinsale), Del. Mark Sickles (D-Alexandria), Del. Joseph Yost (R-Blacksburg), Sen. George Barker (D-Alexandria), Sen. Roz Dance (D-Petersburg), Sen. Emmett Hanger (R-Mount Solon), Sen. Janet Howell (D-Reston), Sen. Louise Lucas (D-Portsmouth), Sen. Steve Martin (R-Chesterfield), Sen. Bryce Reeves (R-Spotsylvania), Sen. Dick Saslaw (D-Springfield), Sen. Jill Holtzman Vogel (R-Winchester)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Dispensing of interchangeable biosimilar biological products. Permits pharmacists to dispense a biosimilar that has been licensed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as interchangeable with a prescribed biological product unless the prescriber indicates such substitution is not authorized or the patient insists on dispensing of the prescribed biological product. The bill requires any pharmacist who dispenses an interchangeable biosimilar to inform the patient prior to dispensing the biosimilar, provide notification of the substitution to the prescriber, and record the brand name or the product name and name of the manufacturer of the biosimilar on the record of dispensing and the prescription label. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


12/19/2012Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/13 13100013D
12/19/2012Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
01/08/2013Impact statement from DPB (HB1422)
01/11/2013Assigned HWI sub: #1
01/15/2013Subcommittee recommends reporting (6-Y 2-N)
01/17/2013Reported from Health, Welfare and Institutions (19-Y 3-N) (see vote tally)
01/18/2013Impact statement from DPB (HB1422)
01/18/2013Read first time
01/21/2013Read second time
01/21/2013Floor substitute printed 13104193D-H1 (O'Bannon)
01/21/2013Substitute by Delegate O' Bannon agreed to 13104193D-H1
01/21/2013Engrossed by House - floor substitute HB1422H1
01/22/2013Read third time and passed House (91-Y 6-N 1-A)
01/22/2013VOTE: PASSAGE (91-Y 6-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
01/23/2013Constitutional reading dispensed
01/23/2013Referred to Committee on Education and Health
01/29/2013Impact statement from DPB (HB1422H1)
02/04/2013Assigned Education sub: Health Care
02/14/2013Reported from Education and Health with substitute (12-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/14/2013Committee substitute printed 13105162D-S1
02/15/2013Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/18/2013Read third time
02/18/2013Reading of substitute waived
02/18/2013Committee substitute agreed to 13105162D-S1
02/18/2013Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute HB1422S1
02/18/2013Passed Senate with substitute (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/19/2013Placed on Calendar
02/19/2013Senate substitute agreed to by House 13105162D-S1 (91-Y 0-N)
02/19/2013VOTE: ADOPTION (91-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/21/2013Impact statement from DPB (HB1422S1)
02/22/2013Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1422ER)
02/23/2013Signed by Speaker
02/23/2013Signed by President
02/25/2013Impact statement from DPB (HB1422ER)
03/16/2013G Approved by Governor-Chapter 412 (effective 7/1/13)
03/16/2013G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0412)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 2 clips in all, totaling 6 minutes.