This brochure is an original publication of the American Pharmacists Association – a Biosimilars Council partner – and the full document can be access by clicking the button immediately following the excerpt provided below.
Advances in medicine have changed the way many diseases are treated. Increasingly, diseases such as cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, multiple sclerosis, and even asthma are being treated with biologic medications. Biologic medications are able to target the causes of diseases in ways that were not previously possible, allowing patients to live healthier, more active lives. Today, hundreds of millions of patients worldwide have used biologic medications to treat various diseases and have benefited from the improved results.
This brochure describes biologic medications and a type of biologic known as biosimilars, which are highly similar to biologics but may be less expensive for patients. The information is designed to help you make informed decisions about your health care treatment options.