Imagine waking up every morning and feeling as tired as you did when you fell asleep. You try to get out of bed, but your stiff and aching joints leave you struggling just to stand up. When you finally do begin to go about your day, you’re beset with pain that significantly reduces your quality of life. This...

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, cardiovascular disease continues to be one of the leading causes of death in Canada. This may make managing heart health seem...

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 Canadian healthcare professionals for some time. As originator biologic medicine patents expire, more biosimilars will come to...

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 yeast. Scientific progress and increased knowledge in developing biologically derived medications has led to new...

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 products by manufacturers) and nonproprietary names (the names used to describe a medication’s active ingredients) is one of...

Take a closer look at the importance of naming biosimilars and the challenges faced by the current naming system. This video explores why distinguishable names for all biologic drugs, both originators and biosimilars, helps to support accurate dispensing, prevents inadvertent substitution and switches, and allows for...

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 active ingredient compound in a traditional lab. Synthetic drugs such as Aspirin® (acetylsalicylic acid), for example, are...

Making medicine is complex: it requires high levels of precision, controlled environments and specialist scientific expertise. Making biologic medicines is a particularly complex process, involving an exponential number of steps that starts with genetically engineering living cells. Using state-of-the art lab...

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 manage and ultimately cure. The availability of biologics in 2002 changed the way we manage inflammatory...

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 medicines; how they differ from other medicines, how they’re manufactured, and their availability around the world. Watch for...