Fact Sheet

Biosimilars 101

PhRMA December 1, 2015

In this Biosimilars 101 Fact Sheet, we take a deep dive into biosimilars and biologics. Biologics are medicines that are made by or from living cells though highly complex manufacturing processes and must be handled and administered under carefully monitored conditions. Biologics are used to prevent, treat, diagnose, or cure a variety of serious illnesses like cancer, chronic kidney diseases and autoimmune disorders, such as rheumatoid arthritis and inflammatory bowel disease. Biologic medicines are generally injected or infused into the patient.