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...

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 (RA) is not a simple diagnosis. It is a chronic condition, which means that there is no cure. However, it is possible to manage and mitigate its symptoms. Understanding your treatment plan and coordinating with your doctor are important steps to stay healthy. Though rheumatoid arthritis is...

Staying active while managing the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis can be a challenge. Rheumatoid arthritis is a disease that causes the body’s immune system to attack the joints, rather than foreign invaders like viruses and bacteria. This results in inflammation, swelling and pain. It’s important for rheumatoid...

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 are ever exactly the same. To make informed choices, patients, doctors, and health care providers should understand the...

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...

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...

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...

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...