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Health News Florida

Big Bio Battle, More at the Capitol

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While Senate President Don Gaetz tries to play peacemaker over Medicaid funds, as The Florida Current reports, a lower-profile debate that requires legislators to study up on biology and economics is playing out in health-policy committees.

 

That debate, which concerns whether “biosimilar” versions of biologic drugs should be treated as generics,  is consuming a lot of time on health-policy committees this session, and the Sarasota Herald-Tribune’s Capitol Bureau Chief Lloyd Dunkelberger explains it.

An issue important to cancer patients -- coverage for chemo in pill form rather than just IVs -- passed the Senate unanimously on Friday but may be stalled in the House Health and Human Services Committee, the Times/Herald Tallahassee Bureau reports.