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SPRINGFIELD – Today, legislation sponsored by State Senator Tony Munoz (D-Chicago) that would allow pharmacists to substitute a prescription for a biological product with a biosimilar product was approved by the Senate.
A biologic is an original medical product that is manufactured by an innovator. A biosimilar is an approved version of that product that can be made available after the original product patent expires. As with name-brand prescriptions and generics, pricing for the latter is usually more affordable.
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SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Tony Munoz (D-Chicago) wants to extend the legislature’s work to combat hepatitis C with a measure that passed the Senate on Tuesday.
“This virus is curable, but detection and awareness are key factors,” Munoz said. “It’s Hepatitis Awareness Month, and there’s no better time to continue our dedication to bringing awareness to this virus.”
The Hepatitis C Task Force was established in 2013. It is comprised of 17 members and functions within the Department of Public Health.
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