Now that we’ve covered how biologics work, it’s time to review the differences and similarities between biologics and biosimilars. Both have their pros and cons as treatment options for those with autoimmune diseases, but there are some key distinctions that can make a difference during treatment. Here’s everything you need to know about the differences and similarities between biologics and biosimilars from FlexCare Infusion Center:
The Similarities Between Biologics and Biosimilars
Biologics and biosimilars are both acceptable forms of treatment for a wide variety of illnesses, including autoimmune diseases and some forms of cancer. Both forms of treatment are extremely similar in terms of safety, potency and purity. They are both made to combat the same illnesses, with a few key differences that we feel our patients should understand.
The Differences Between Biologics and Biosimilars
While biologics and biosimilars functionally work the same way, biosimilars are made with different, clinically-tested active ingredients. Biologics are produced using living organisms derived from animals, humans or microorganisms by using biotechnology. Biosimilars are made to be almost exact replicas of these drugs, with a variety of small molecule ingredients.
Why Choose One Treatment Over the Other
There are a number of great reasons why a doctor may choose to prescribe biologics over biosimilars and vice versa. Biosimilars were first produced as a cost-saving form of treatment for those that needed to save on medical care costs. Biologics cost more to develop than biosimilars, but biologics may also be more readily available in some parts of the country.
No matter which treatment option your prescribing doctor feels is best for you, FlexCare Infusion Center is here to help our patients learn more about their treatment. We want to help our patients get the best outcome possible from their treatment and we’re here to make every step of the way more comfortable. Want to learn more about treatment options? Check out our blog today!
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