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What is a biologics ?

Biologic drugs were a game changer for rheumatoid arthritis  treatment; the first, etanercept (Enbrel), was approved in 1998.

If other psoriasis treatments don’t work the way you want, your doctor may suggest a drug that fights the causes of building Psoriasis.They target a specific part of your immune system.

  1. Biologic drugs include a wide variety of products derived from human, animal, or microorganisms by using biotechnology.
  2. A biologic drug (biologics) is a product that is produced from living organisms or contain components of living organisms.
  3. Types of biologic drugs include vaccines, blood, blood components, cells, allergens, genes, tissues, and recombinant proteins.
  4. Biologic drugs are sometimes referred to as biologic response modifiers because they change the manner of operation of natural biologic intracellular and cellular actions.
  5. Biologic products may contain proteins that control the action of other proteins and cellular processes, genes that control production of vital proteins, modified human hormones, or cells that produce substances that suppress or activate components of the immune system.

What are the medical uses for biologics?

Biologic drugs are used for treatment of numerous diseases and conditions, and are the most advanced therapies available. Some biologic drugs are used for the treatment of Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, rheumatoid arthritis, and other autoimmune diseases. Available biologics have revolutionized cancer treatment, delayed or reversed the course of immune related conditions, changed the lives of people with rare diseases, and have offered hope for many patients who previously had no effective treatment options for their condition.


Examples of medical uses for biologic drugs include :

  • Psoriasis
  • Diabetes
  • Various cancers
  • Rheumatoid arthritis (RA)
  • Age-related macular degeneration
  • Diabetic retinopathy
  • Prevention of pneumonia
  • Heart attack
  • Hepatitis B
  • Hemophilia
  • Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) prophylaxis
  • HPV prevention
  • Chronic idiopathic urticaria
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What are the side effects of biologics?

Side effects of a biologic drug depends on the specific biologic drug, and method of introduction into the body.What preparations are available for biologics? 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.

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