Last week I was invited to the Governor's Office to see SB71 signed into law! In case you don't remember, SB71 was a piece of legislation that allows pharmacists to substitute biosimilar medications for biologic ones, but only if pharmacists notify patients and their doctors that a substitution has been made. Patient advocates- - including me! - worked hard to make sure this notification requirement made it into the final version of the law. The legislation serves to open up access to newer, less expensive medications for patients in Colorado while also protecting our safety and right be informed and control our own treatment decisions.
I am excited that I was able to play a role in turning this bill into a law. I testified in both the House and Senate Committee meetings by sharing my experiences with biologics as well as my opinion about what the development of biosimilars means for patients. I was also interviewed on this issue by the International Business Times, the Denver Business Journal, the LA Times, USA Today, and CBS Denver.
I think this victory is an important reminder of the power of sharing your own story with lawmakers. All of us have a role to play in making the future brighter and safer for patients living with chronic conditions.
If you are interested in getting involved, please visit Seth's 50 State Network to learn more!!