On behalf of the 619,000 adults and 2,800 children living in Iowa with doctor-diagnosed arthritis, thank you for signing House File 305 into law. As you know, arthritis is a complex, chronic disease that can be difficult to treat, and people who suffer from the disease require regular, on-going care.
This bill helps to decrease barriers to care for people with arthritis by allowing Iowa pharmacists the ability to dispense safe and potentially less expensive biologic medications to patients, by substituting an FDA approved interchangeable biosimilar for a prescribed biologic product. The bill also requires that the prescriber and the patient be notified when there is a substitution, helping to encourage broader collaboration across the healthcare spectrum.
Thank you for making treatments more accessible to Iowans living with chronic diseases.