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Biologics & Biosimilars

Helping you navigate the world of innovator biologics and biosimilar drugs

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Biologics & Biosimilars

What patients need to know about biologics and biosimilars

A biologic medicine is a drug that is created from living cells and is used in the treatment of conditions including anemia, diabetes, inflammatory bowel disease, psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis,...

Biologics & Biosimilars

AT THE HEART OF THE MATTER: Access to new medication has potential to save lives and healthcare dollars

Now more than ever, Canadians need to see changes in how heart health is managed. With more than 2.4 million Canadians suffering from heart disease, and thousands dying every year as a result,...

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Biologics & Biosimilars

Creating biologics: genetically engineering a cell

Making medicine is complex: it requires high levels of precision, controlled environments and specialist scientific expertise. Making biologic medicines is a particularly complex process,...

Biologics & Biosimilars

How are biologic medicines different from other drugs?

Drugs can be categorized as being synthetically or biologically produced. Synthetic (conventional) therapies are made from chemical processes — like mixing, heating and cooling — to create the...

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Biosimilars and Canada’s healthcare system

Biosimilars are biologic medicines that aim to provide similar therapeutic effects to an original biologic medicine that has already been authorized for sale by Health Canada and prescribed by...

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A snapshot of biologic medicines at work

While advances in disease management and complex drug manufacturing are being made every day, there are a number of harmful diseases and conditions that scientists are still working to find ways to...

Biologics & Biosimilars

Biologics: what are they?

A biologic medicine (a term which is commonly shortened to a biologic) is any medicine that has been made from living material, which could include blood, human cells, animal cells, bacteria and...

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Biosimilar medicines: a complex new entrant

Like their name implies, biosimilars are similar to originator biologics but not identical. In fact, because biologic and biosimilar medicines are created from living cell lines, no two medicines...

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Reading the label: The importance of naming biologic medicines

Accurate communication between primary healthcare providers, nurses, pharmacists and patients is one of the tenets of quality care. Pharmaceutical naming, using brand names (the names given to...

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The Evolution of Biotechnology

Biologic drugs are a major force in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industry with more than 200 biologics benefiting millions of patients worldwide. This video gives an overview of biologic...

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