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New Jersey State Assemblywoman Lampitt Honored as BIO State Legislator of the Year

Business Wire
June 17, 2015
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PHILADELPHIA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) announced today its selection of New Jersey State Assemblywoman Pamela Lampitt (6th District) as a state Legislator of the Year for 2015. Assemblywoman Lampitt is the prime sponsor of A-2477, which authorizes the prescription and dispensing of biosimilar products in New Jersey. Assemblywoman Lampitt received this honor during the 2015 BIO International Convention.

“Assemblywoman Lampitt’s has worked hard to ensure the people of New Jersey have quality health care,” said BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood. “We are pleased to name Assemblywoman Lampitt as a Legislators of the Year to recognize her leadership in working with fellow lawmakers to craft legislation that will ensure patients have choices when it comes to prescription medication, as well as ample information to help them make smart decisions.”

“BioNJ is proud to have nominated Assemblywoman Lampitt for this prestigious honor," said Debbie Hart, President and CEO, BioNJ. "We applaud Assemblywoman Lampitt for her continued support for finding cures for patients and thank her for her leadership in advancing the biosimilars legislation in New Jersey."

Lampitt Bill to Tackle Campus Sexual Assault Approved by Assembly

Assembly Majority Office
July 7, 2015
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(TRENTON) - Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Valerie Vainiei Huttle, Pamela Lampitt, Joe Lagana, Raj Mukherji, Annette Quijano and Joe Danielsen to better equip New Jersey colleges and universities to prevent and respond to sexual assaults on campus was recently approved by the General Assembly.

The 2014 report from the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault revealed that one in five college students experiences sexual assault during their college career. Even more staggering, the ACLU estimates that 95 percent of U.S. campus rapes go unreported.

"College sexual assault has become far too common," said Vainieri Huttle (D- Bergen). "Rape should never be the norm. The only way to prevent sexual assault is to change the culture on campus and to do that we need support from the entire higher education community."

"Many sexual assault cases go unreported, leaving the victim to deal with the trauma alone and the attacker free to strike again," said Lampitt (D-Camden/Burlington). "If we want victims of sexual assault to report these crimes and prevent others from becoming another statistic, then we have to change the culture that is discouraging victims, whether intentionally or inadvertently, from speaking up and seeking justice."

Lampitt Bill to Create Task Force to Recommend How to Integrate Engineering into K-12 Curriculum Heads to Gov's Desk

Assembly Majority Office
June 30, 2015
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(TRENTON) - Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Patrick Diegnan, Pamela Lampitt and Marlene Caride to create a task force charged with recommending how to incorporate engineering into the K-12 science curriculum received final legislative approval last week and now heads to the governor's desk.

"STEM jobs are on the rise, but our colleges are not graduating enough engineering majors to keep up with the demand. If we want to compete in an increasingly global economy, we have to expand engineering education," said Diegnan (D-Middlesex). "Early introduction can encourage more students, especially women and minorities who are under represented in this field, to consider engineering as a career. The task force created by this bill would rely on the expertise of professionals in education, engineering and science to tell us how to best introduce engineering into the school curriculum."

Legislature Approves Greenwald & Lampitt Bill to Ensure Disbled Students are Not Denied Medical Marijuana Relief while at School

Assembly Majority Office
June 29, 2015
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The Senate granted final legislative approval on Monday to a bill sponsored by Assembly Majority Leader Louis Greenwald and Assemblywoman Pamela Lampitt to ensure that students with debilitating illnesses and disabilities who participate in the state's medical marijuana program are not denied medicinal relief while at school or attending school functions.

New Jersey's medical marijuana law does not currently authorize the use of medical marijuana in schools or day programs serving developmentally disabled adults. In the absence of a state law on the subject, several school districts have specifically prohibited the use or administration of medical marijuana on school grounds.

"We're talking about some of the state's most severely disabled students, some of whom suffer life threatening seizures and medical marijuana is the only thing that has helped ease their condition," said Greenwald (D-Camden/Burlington). "We should be working with these families, not hindering relief. This change will lend more compassion to our program and help serve those who need it most."

Lampitt Bill to Make Cost-Effective Biological Drug Alternatives More Widely Available Gets Final Legislative OK

Assembly Majority Office
June 25, 2015
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Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Pamela Lampitt, Herb Conaway, Jr., M.D., Daniel Benson, Shavonda Sumter, Angel Fuentes and Nancy Pinkin to make it easier for consumers to obtain more cost-effective, "generic" versions of biological medicines used to treat conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, anemia, psoriasis and various forms of cancer was approved 75-0 Thursday by the Assembly, giving it final legislative approval.

"The FDA has created a safe pathway to make alternative biological medicines more readily available on the market," said Lampitt (D-Camden/Burlington). "If there is a more cost-effective option to treat and cure various illnesses, then by all means we should be helping patients pursue it."

"Substitution of these biologically similar products for their name-brand counterparts at the pharmacy level is expected to reduce cost by increasing competition," said Conaway (D-Burlington). "Ultimately, this will allow more patients to access treatments."

While New Jersey has allowed chemically-synthesized generic drugs to be substituted for brand-name prescriptions for quite some time because the active ingredients are identical to their brand-name counterparts, biological medicines, on the other hand, are manufactured through biotechnology using living organisms and are much more complex than traditional, chemically-synthesized drugs.