Colorado consumers lose in drug bill moving ahead, opponents say

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Consumers will lose access to cheaper copies of drugs that cost tens of thousands of dollars a year in a state bill pushed forward Tuesday, according to opponents who lost a chance to kill the measure after spirited debate.

Heather Swift‘s insight:


Colorado House Panel Passes Drug Bill.

The Denver Post (2/13, Booth) says Colorado’s House health and environment committee, in a 10-1 vote Tuesday, passed a bill that requires pharmacists to inform doctors when they substitute a cheaper generic of biologic drugs. Supporters, such as drug companies and patient advocates, say doctors need to know because biologic generics are not exact replicas. Christine Simmon at the Generic Pharmaceutical Association said similar legislation in dozens of states "is a ploy by the brand name companies to thwart competition."

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