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What is a biological medicine?

What is a biological medicine?

biological medicine

From this CPD module on biological medicines, including biosimilars, you will learn:

  • What these medicines are and how they differ
  •  The safety concerns that surround this class of medicine
  •  About the pharmacist's role in provision of biosimilars.

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Biological medicines have become well established in clinical use over recent decades. They are most commonly used for the treatment of serious and chronic conditions, such as:

  • diabetes
  • cancer
  • chronic kidney disease
  • rheumatoid arthritis
  • inflammatory bowel disease
  • psoriasis.

biological medicine treating psoriasis

Biological medicines include hormones, enzymes, clotting factors, antibodies, vaccines, and advanced therapies such as cell, gene and tissue therapy products.

Biological medicines contain active substances from a biological source, such as proteins from living organisms. The development of biological

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