BI­O­LOG­ICS, BIOSIMILARS, & IN­FLAM­MA­TORY ARTHRI­TIS

Reader's Digest (Canada) - - Health -

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.

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