Biologics

As a result of significant investments in sophisticated, innovative research on new medications and treatments, scientists are beginning to unlock solutions to address chronic, incurable medical conditions like rheumatoid arthritis. One area of this groundbreaking innovation is in the field of biologic medicines. When...

Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic condition that causes the body’s immune system to attack the joints, resulting in inflammation, swelling and pain. Finding an effective medication that helps manage the condition can, for many patients, be a lengthy process. Some patients are prescribed biologic medications, of which...

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...

Biologic medicines are drugs that have been made from living material, such as blood, human cells, animal cells, bacteria or yeast. They are large, complex, protein-based molecules. Biologics are a type of medication prescribed for people with conditions including anemia, diabetes, inflammatory bowel disease,...

As people get older, many find themselves becoming more engaged with their health and how to improve it. For example, a growing health trend is the clean food movement. Its principles are simple: eat fewer foods with refined or artificial ingredients, and more unprocessed, whole foods to help improve nutrition, manage...

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...