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...

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...

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...

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...

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...