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HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 3790         FILED ON: 7/17/2013

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The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

Mark J. Cusack

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To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
              Court assembled:

              The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the adoption of the accompanying bill:

An Act relative to the substitution of interchangeable biosimilars.

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

Mark J. Cusack

5th Norfolk

Steven M. Walsh

11th Essex

Jennifer E. Benson

37th Middlesex


HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 3790        FILED ON: 7/17/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 3667

By Mr. Cusack of Braintree, a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Mark J. Cusack, Steven M. Walsh and Jennifer E. Benson relative to the substitution of interchangeable biosimilars.  Health Care Financing. 


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
 

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In the Year Two Thousand Thirteen

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An Act relative to the substitution of interchangeable biosimilars.
 

              Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:
 

              Chapter 112 of the General Laws is here by amended by inserting after Section 12DD the following new Section:

              Section 12D ½ . Biosimilar products.

              (a). As used in this section, the following words shall have the following meanings:

              “Biological product”, means a virus, therapeutic serum, toxin, antitoxin, blood, blood

              component or derivative, allergenic product, protein (except any chemically synthesized

              polypeptide), or analogous product, or arsphenamine or derivative of arsphenamine (or any other

              trivalent organic arsenic compound), applicable to the prevention, treatment, or cure of a disease or condition of human beings

              “Biosimilar” or “Biosimilarity‘’, in reference to a biological product that is the subject of

              an application under subsection (k) of 42 U.S.C. 262,

              “Department”, the department of public health.

              “Interchangeable biological product”, a prescription biological product that has been determined by the United States Food and Drug Administration to be interchangeable with the prescribed brand name biological product pursuant to Section 351 of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 262).

              “Practitioner”, a physician, dentist, veterinarian, podiatrist, scientific investigator or other person registered to distribute, dispense, conduct research with respect to, or use in teaching or chemical analysis, a controlled substance in the course of professional practice or research in the commonwealth.

                            “Prescription”, with respect to a biological product, means an order for a product

              that is subject to Section 503(b) of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (21

              U.S.C. 353(b)).

              (b). A biosimilar product determined to be interchangeable by the United

              States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) shall be available for substitution in the

              Commonwealth, in accordance with the provisions of this Act, Chapter 94 of the General Laws and any other applicable laws.

              (c). Except as provided in subsection (d), a pharmacist filling a prescription

              for a biological product prescribed by its trade or brand name may substitute any biosimilar

              product that the FDA has determined to be interchangeable with the prescribed product.

              (d). The pharmacist shall not substitute a biosimilar product that is

              interchangeable with the prescribed product if the prescriber instructs otherwise, either orally or

              in writing, pursuant to this section. Such instruction shall be on a patient-specific basis.

              (e). No additional restrictions, limitations or requirements shall be imposed

              related to biological product substitution unless such restrictions, limitations or requirements also

              apply in the case of all other drug product substitution

              (f). Within a reasonable time following the substitution, the dispensing pharmacist or the pharmacist’s designee shall notify the prescribing practitioner of the substitution. Said notification shall not be required until full interoperability of electronic health records systems is reached, pursuant to section 7 of chapter 118I as inserted by section 134 of chapter 224 of the acts of 2012. Entry of the substitution in the patient’s electronic health record shall constitute notification 

             

              (g). Within a reasonable time following the substitution, the dispensing pharmacist or the pharmacist’s designee shall notify the patient, or the patients authorized representative, of the substitution. Such notification may be written or oral and may be conveyed by telephone, facsimile, electronic transmission, a notation in the patients record system shared with the prescriber, or other means consistent with prevailing pharmacy practice in accordance with section 12D of Chapter 112 of Massachusetts General Law

              (h). Upon full interoperability of electronic health records systems, pursuant to section 7 of chapter 118I as inserted by section 134 of Chapter 224 of the Acts of 2012, the dispensing pharmacist, the prescribing provider and administering practitioner shall retain a record for no less than one year from the date of the last entry in the profile record, of any interchangeable biological product dispensed on the patient’s electronic health record. Entry in the electronic health record shall constitute retention of record. Nothing in this subsection shall limit the application of the Professional Standards for Registered Pharmacists, Pharmacies and Pharmacy Departments as promulgated by the board of registration in pharmacy.

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