BIOLOGICS, BIOSIMILARS, & INFLAMMATORY ARTHRITIS
WHAT IS INFLAMMATORY ARTHRITIS (IA)?
IA is a group of conditions wherein the body attacks healthy tissues, particularly around the joint, causing inflammation. Inflammation can also cause stiffness and, if left untreated, can lead to significant, irreparable damage. IA can also cause inflammation in the lungs, eyes, heart, and arteries. This can lead to cardiovascular disease, chronic pneumonia, vision loss, and/or premature death.
WHAT ARE BIOLOGICS?
Biologics are treatments derived from living cells that target a specific molecule. They are not made from synthetic chemicals.
WHAT ARE BIOSIMILARS?
Biosimilars are treatments made after a biologic’s patent expires. Any differences between a biosimilar and its reference biologic drug do not result in differences in safety or efficacy.