How a Biosimilar Reaches a Patient

Wednesday May 25, 2022

How a Biosimilar Reaches a Patient

Biosimilars are safe, effective, and competitive alternatives to expensive brand-name biologics that are used to treat serious chronic diseases, like cancer, arthritis, and Crohn’s disease. Since the first one launched in 2015, biosimilars have generated billions of dollars in savings and helped patients live healthy, happy lives. So how does a biosimilar get from the lab to the patient?

This infographic lays out the process for how biosimilars are developed, approved, and prescribed, so that you can make more informed decisions.

Want to dig deeper? Visit our Biosimilars Patient Resource Center for more helpful infographics, FDA resources, patient testimonials and more.

About the Biosimilars Council

The Biosimilars Council, a division of the Association for Accessible Medicines (AAM), works to ensure a positive environment for patient access to biosimilar medicines. The Biosimilars Council is a leading source for information about the safety and efficacy of more affordable alternatives to costly brand biologic medicines. Areas of focus include public and health expert education, strategic partnerships, government affairs, legal affairs and regulatory policy. More information is available on our about page.

About AAM

AAM is driven by the belief that access to safe, quality, effective medicine has a tremendous impact on a person’s life and the world around them. Generic and biosimilar medicines improve people’s lives, improving society and the economy in turn. AAM represents the manufacturers and distributors of finished generic pharmaceuticals and biosimilars, manufacturers and distributors of bulk pharmaceutical chemicals, and suppliers of other goods and services to the generic industry. Generic pharmaceuticals are 90 percent of prescriptions dispensed in the U.S. but only 23 percent of total drug spending. Additional information is available at

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October 21–23, 2024 | Rockville, MD

GRx+Biosims™ 2024 is the leading regulatory science and policy event for the U.S. generics and biosimilars industry. Access the most recent information straight from experts at the Food and Drug Administration, grasp the latest policies shaping the industry, and acquire valuable insights to propel your professional development.