Interchangeable biosimilar biological products; permits pharmacists to dispense, etc. (SB1285)

Introduced By

Sen. Steve Newman (R-Forest)


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 the 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 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


01/15/2013Presented and ordered printed 13103696D
01/15/2013Referred to Committee on Education and Health
01/18/2013Impact statement from DPB (SB1285)
01/21/2013Assigned Education sub: Health Care
01/31/2013Reported from Education and Health with substitute (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/31/2013Committee substitute printed 13104782D-S1
02/01/2013Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/01/2013Impact statement from DPB (SB1285S1)
02/04/2013Read second time
02/04/2013Reading of substitute waived
02/04/2013Committee substitute agreed to 13104782D-S1
02/04/2013Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB1285S1
02/04/2013Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/04/2013Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/06/2013Placed on Calendar
02/06/2013Read first time
02/06/2013Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
02/08/2013Assigned HWI sub: #1
02/13/2013Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (8-Y 0-N)
02/14/2013Reported from Health, Welfare and Institutions with substitute (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/14/2013Committee substitute printed 13105128D-H1
02/15/2013Read second time
02/18/2013Read third time
02/18/2013Committee substitute agreed to 13105128D-H1
02/18/2013Engrossed by House - committee substitute SB1285H1
02/18/2013Passed House with substitute BLOCK VOTE (100-Y 0-N)
02/18/2013VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (100-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/19/2013House substitute agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/19/2013Title replaced 13105128D-H1
02/21/2013Impact statement from DPB (SB1285H1)
02/22/2013Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB1285ER)
02/22/2013Signed by Speaker
02/23/2013Signed by President
02/25/2013Impact statement from DPB (SB1285ER)
03/18/2013G Approved by Governor-Chapter 544 (effective 7/1/13)
03/18/2013G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0544)


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 2 minutes.