Introduction to Biosimilars (aka Subsequent Entry Biologics)

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What is a drug?  Drugs may be defined as substances to prevent, diagnose, improve, treat, or cure diseases. Traditionally, drugs were compounds made of one or more chemicals.

What is a biologic?  Biologic medicines are drugs made from living organisms, such as bacteria, yeast, or plant and animal cells.  They are grown in a culture, extracted and purified.  Examples are (a) insulin (for diabetes), (b) growth hormone factor, (c) clotting factor (for hemophilia), (d) replacement proteins for rare disorders such as Gaucher's, Fabry's and other lysosomal storage disorders. (e) antibodies targeting specific cells that cause, for example, rheumatoid arthritis, gastrointestinal disorders, and some types of cancer, and (f) interferons that stimulate the immune system against a number of diseases such as cancer, hepatitis B and C, and multiple sclerosis.  

This survey is a patient-led initiative conducted by the Canadian Organization for Rare Disorders. You have been invited to answer this questionnaire because of your involvement as an engaged patient or patient advocate. Your answers will help us understand current knowledge about biosimilars and what additional information needs to be available to patients and the public.

If you are a person living with a health condition or disease, please answer the questions from that perspective.  If you are a parent or other caregiver, please answer the questions taking the perspective of the person living with the health condition or disease.

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