Webinar Information and Registration

Ask the Expert:
Exploring Issues with Biosimilars in Health Systems

Thursday, March 20, 2014
1-2 pm EST

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Accreditation for Pharmacists

ACPEThe American Society of Health-System Pharmacists is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. This activity provides 1 hour (0.1 CEU) of continuing pharmacy education credit (activity # 0204-0000-14-462-L03-P).

This activity is provided free of charge. Participants must participate in the entire presentation, submit an enrollment code (announced during the webinar), and complete the course evaluation to receive continuing pharmacy education (CPE) credit. Participants will process CPE credit online at http://elearning.ashp.org/my-activities, with the option of printing a CPE certificate. CPE credit will be reported directly to CPE Monitor. View full CE processing instructions.

Methods and Format

This is a live web-based activity consisting of audio, presentation slides, and an activity evaluation tool.  A live webinar brings the presentation to you.  Listen to the speaker present in “real time” as you watch the slides on the screen.  You will have the opportunity to ask the speaker questions at the end of the program.  Please join the conference at least 5 minutes before the scheduled start time for important announcements.

Target Audience

This continuing pharmacy education activity was planned to meet the needs of pharmacists in a variety of practice settings, and it would be particularly beneficial for pharmacists, clinical specialists, pharmacy managers, leaders, and educators who are interested in biosimilars.

Webinar Overview

Biosimilars are biological medicines that are “highly similar” to an innovator biological product, but due to their complexity, are not the same as the innovator product. There are unique scientific, legislative, and safety issues associated with biosimilars.

The content for the live webinar is based on questions raised by participants in a recent educational symposium on this topic.  Time for questions and answers from the webinar audience will be provided at the end of the presentation.

Learning Objectives

After participating in this application-based educational activity, attendees should be able to

  • Compare and identify important differences between biosimilars and innovator products.
  • Discuss considerations for incorporating biosimilars into the health-system formulary.


James G. Stevenson, Pharm.D., FASHP, Activity Chair
Professor, Department of Clinical Pharmacy
University of Michigan College of Pharmacy
President, Hospital and Health System Services
Visante, Inc.
Ann Arbor, Michigan

James G. Stevenson, Pharm.D., FASHP, is Professor in the Department of Clinical Pharmacy at University of Michigan College of Pharmacy in Ann Arbor and President of Hospital and Health System Services for Visante, Inc.

Dr. Stevenson received his Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy and Doctor of Pharmacy degrees from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. From 1999-2014 he served as Chief Pharmacy Officer in the University of Michigan Health System. During that same time period he was Associate Dean for Clinical Sciences at the College of Pharmacy, assuming the additional responsibilities of Chair of the Department of Clinical, Social, and Administrative Sciences from 2011-2014. In 2014 he assumed his current position for Visante, a medicines management consulting company. Before joining the University of Michigan Health System, Dr. Stevenson served as Director of Pharmacy Services at West Virginia University Hospitals and Detroit Receiving Hospital and University Health Center and as Executive Director of Pharmacy Services for the eight-hospital Detroit Medical Center. Previous academic appointments were at West Virginia University and Wayne State University.

Dr. Stevenson is a fellow of ASHP, and he is widely recognized as a leader in pharmacy. He was named Pharmacist of the Year by both the Michigan Society of Health-System Pharmacists and the Michigan Pharmacists Association. He received the 2015 Excellence in Innovation Award from the Michigan Pharmacists Association for a state-wide patient safety initiative. In addition, he was honored with the Distinguished Alumnus Award by Wayne State University College of Pharmacy and the Joseph Oddis Leadership Award by Michigan Society of Health-System Pharmacists. Dr. Stevenson served on the ASHP Board of Directors and is currently Treasurer of the Hospital Pharmacy Section of International Pharmaceutical Federation. He received the 2010 John W. Webb Lecture Award for extraordinary dedication to fostering excellence in pharmacy management, as well as the 2013 ASHP Award for Distinguished Leadership in Health-System Pharmacy Practice.

Dr. Stevenson’s specific areas of expertise include pharmacy practice management, pharmacy informatics, and medication safety.

Viewing the Webinar as a Group

To arrange for colleagues to participate in this webinar as a group, one person serving as the group coordinator should register for the webinar.  The group coordinator will receive an e-mail confirmation with instructions for joining the webinar.  A few minutes before the webinar begins, the group coordinator should launch the webinar link. Once the webinar has been activated, the coordinator will have the option to open the audio via VoIP (Voice Over IP) on the webinar toolbar or use a touch tone phone with the provided dial-in information.  At the conclusion of the activity, the group coordinator will complete a brief online evaluation and report the number of participants at that site.  Each participant will process their own continuing education statements online.

Webinar System Requirements

Be sure to view the webinar system requirements for Windows, Mac, iOS, and Android prior to the activity.

Planned and conducted by ASHP Advantage and supported by
an educational donation provided by Amgen.
ASHP Advantage and Amgen.