The Patients Association | December 2018 | Understanding patient needs in switching from biologic to biosimilar medicines: Final report of survey and focus group findings
Understanding patient needs in switching from biologic to biosimilar medicines: Final report of survey and focus group findings, is a report from The Patients Association which finds that patients with conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis and ulcerative colitis are being switched to new medicines without being informed.
Biologic drugs are administered by injection or infusion because they are proteins that
are quickly digested and inactivated if given by mouth. Therefore, biologic drugs are
supplied as powders for infusion or solutions for injection.
The Patients Association reports that in their sample survey of patients (n=262) and a focus group (n=7) who use biologic medicine- a sub-set of these 69 had been switched to biosimilars, and more than one in three of these patients reported that they had not been consulted by their doctor prior to the change (Source : The Patients Association)
Read the report from The Patients Association
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