Christine Simmon Discusses AAM Efforts for Biosimilar Legislation
Biosimilar manufacturers have to overcome many hurdles in order for their products to be successful in the US market. Some of those hurdles are systemic, such as reimbursement systems that eliminate incentives for physicians to prescribe biosimilars. Some are through direct actions by reference manufacturers to prevent competition, such as patent thickets. And some limit savings for patients, such as cost sharing. However, advocacy groups such as the Association for Accessible Medicines, or AAM, are looking to change things on a legislative level. We sat down with Christine Simmon, executive director of the Biosimilars Council and senior vice president of policy and strategic alliances at the AAM, to discuss some of the advocacy changes the organization is looking to advance and their chances of approval.