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June 30, 2017
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Global Healthy Living Foundation 50-State Network advocate Lisa Tent delivers Osteoporosis patient perspective to ICER, the Institute for Clinical and Economic Review.

April 11, 2017
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Global Healthy Living Foundation President and Co-Founder, Seth Ginsberg, issued a powerful statement to Iowa Governor Terry Branstad urging him to support House Bill 233.

January 19, 2017
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HB 233 takes positive steps toward updating Montana law to cover biologics and biosimilars in a way that protects patients. Unlike traditional chemical drugs, biologics are unique, complex structures made from living cells that are not easily replicated. A small change or difference in the biosimilar or biologic manufacturing process has the potential to adversely impact the patient. […]

January 5, 2017
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Director of State and National Advocacy, Stephen Marmaras, commented on off label uses of medications on November 9th, 2016. He acknowledges the promise to patients off label usage offers, as well as the disparity of education between large medical centers and more isolated rural providers. Marmaras proposes further distribution of peer reviewed articles for education, […]

July 15, 2016
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The committee will discuss biologics license application (BLA) 761024, for ABP 501, a proposed biosimilar to AbbVie Inc.’s HUMIRA (adalimumab), submitted by Amgen, Inc.

July 15, 2016
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The committee will discuss biologics license application (BLA) 761024, for ABP 501, a proposed biosimilar to AbbVie Inc.’s HUMIRA (adalimumab), submitted by Amgen, Inc.

April 19, 2016
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HB 505 takes positive steps toward updating Ohio law to cover biologics and biosimilars in a
way that protects patients. As you know, unlike traditional chemical drugs, biologics are unique,
complex structures made from living cells that are not easily replicated. A small change or
difference in the biosimilar or biologic manufacturing process has the potential to adversely
impact the patient.

March 24, 2016
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HB 254 HD 2 takes positive steps toward updating Hawaii law to cover biologics and biosimilars
in a way that protects patients. As you know, unlike traditional chemical drugs, biologics are
unique, complex structures made from living cells that are not easily replicated. A small change
or difference in the biosimilar or biologic manufacturing process has the potential to adversely
impact the patient.

March 15, 2016
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SB 134 takes positive steps toward updating Kentucky law to cover biologics and biosimilars in
a way that protects patients. As you know, unlike traditional chemical drugs, biologics are
unique, complex structures made from living cells that are not easily replicated. A small change
or difference in the biosimilar or biologic manufacturing process has the potential to adversely
impact the patient.

March 7, 2016
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SB 313 takes positive steps toward updating Connecticut law to cover biologics and biosimilars
in a way that protects patients.

March 1, 2016
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Dr. Califf:

Congratulations on your confirmation by the U.S. Senate to serve as the 22nd Commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration . You join a distinguished list of public health leaders who have headed one of the federal government’s most important agencies.

February 22, 2016
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Chairman Wood,

The Global Healthy Living Foundation (GHLF) is a 501 (c)(3) patient group that works to
improve the quality of life for people with chronic disease, often focusing on those least able to advocate for themselves.

February 19, 2016
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Good morning Mr. Chairman and committee members.

My name is Rachelle. I’m a patient advocate and member of the Global Healthy Living Foundation’s 50-State Network. I have been a resident of Chesterfield, Michigan for the past 12 years, but I am a lifelong Michigander. My legislators are Representative Andrea LaFontaine and Senator Jack Brandenburg. I want to thank you for allowing me to speak today about House Bill 4812.

February 9, 2016
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The committee will discuss biologics license application (BLA) 125544, for CT-P13, a
proposed biosimilar to Janssen Biotech Inc.’s REMICADE (infliximab), submitted by Celltrion,
Inc.

February 8, 2016
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Chairman Pitts and Ranking Member Green,

On behalf of the Global Healthy Living Foundation, I want to thank you both for your leadership and commitment to ensure the appropriate implementation of the Biologics …

February 1, 2016
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Chairwoman Adams and Vice-Chairman Alvarado,

The Global Healthy Living Foundation (GHLF) is a 501 (c)(3) patient group that works to
improve the quality of life for people with chronic disease, often focusing on those least able to advocate for themselves.

January 28, 2016
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Madam Chair Belatti and Vice-Chairman Creagan,

The Global Healthy Living Foundation (GHLF) is a 501 (c)(3) patient group that works to
improve the quality of life for people with chronic disease, often focusing on those least able to advocate for themselves.

January 28, 2016
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Chairman Greenlick and Vice-Chairman Hayden,

The Global Healthy Living Foundation (GHLF) is a 501 (c)(3) patient group that works to
improve the quality of life for people with chronic disease, often focusing on those least able to advocate for themselves.

January 22, 2016
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Good morning Mr. Chairman and committee members.

My name is Joni. I’m a patient advocate and member of the Global Healthy Living Foundation’s 50-State Network. I have been a resident of Missouri for the past 15 years.

December 15, 2015
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Chairwoman Hogan and Chairman Lewis,

The Global Healthy Living Foundation (GHLF) is a 501(c)(3) patient group that works to improve the quality of life for people with chronic disease, often focusing on those least able to advocate for themselves.

September 8, 2015
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P C1952 takes positive steps toward updating Puerto Rican law to cover biologics and interchangeable biosimilars in a way that protects patients. Unlike traditional chemical drugs, biologics are unique, complex structures made from living cells that are not easily replicated. A small change or difference in the biosimilar or biologic manufacturing process has the potential to adversely impact the patient.

July 29, 2015
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On July 24th, the Texas Pharmaceutical and Therapeutics (P&T) Committee, a part of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, convened to review a number of different medications and medication classes for entry onto their Preferred Drug List (PDL) of the Texas Medicaid Formulary. A medication to alleviate symptoms of opioid-induced constipation (OIC) was one […]

July 16, 2015
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On July 13th, the Global Healthy Living Foundation, working with the Coalition of State Rheumatology Organizations and the Arthritis Foundation, in cooperation with the Congressional Arthritis Caucus, co-hosted a congressional briefing on “Biosimilars for Arthritis Patients: Challenges and Opportunities.”

July 16, 2015
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Dr. Neal Raisman, a GHLF advocate who lost his son Isaac to meningitis in 2005, provided testimony before the ACIP, urging the Committee to approve the meningitis B vaccine for routine clinical use.

July 3, 2015
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Dear Mr. Ginsberg,

Thank you for your June 12, 2015, letter to Acting Commissioner Ostroff on behalf of the Global Healthy Living Foundation regarding the labeling of biosimilars. Your letter was forwarded to the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research for response.

June 25, 2015
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The Global Healthy Living Foundation (GHLF) is a 501 (c)(3) patient group that works to improve the
quality of life for people with chronic disease, often focusing on those least able to advocate for
themselves. As a patient advocacy organization…

June 25, 2015
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My name is Kathleen Hoffmann. I’m a patient advocate and member of the Global Healthy Living Foundation’s 50-State Network. I have been a resident of New Jersey for the last 33 years. I am currently in the process of…

June 25, 2015
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The Global Healthy Living Foundation (GHLF) is a 501 (c)(3) patient advocacy organization
that works to improve the quality of life for people living with chronic …

June 2, 2015
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My name is Candice Dusset. I’m a patient advocate and member of the Global Healthy Living Foundation’s 50 State Network.

May 20, 2015
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Attached please find a comment letter concerning House Bill 319 which addresses the substitution of biologics and interchangeable biosimilars. We kindly request that you support this bill. We believe that HB 319 …