Biosimilars

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...

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...

The arrival of biosimilars in Canada has ushered in a variety of new considerations around the issue of reimbursement. Central to this discussion is how public healthcare systems and private insurance companies handle the reimbursement of these new therapeutic options First: What is the difference between innovator...

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...

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, hormone deficiency and some cancers. Evidence shows that biologics have “dramatically improved” the quality of life 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,...

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...