Your Treatment. Your Choice.
You and your doctor worked hard to find REMICADE®
Your doctor prescribed REMICADE® for you. But now you may be asked to switch from REMICADE® to a biosimilar medicine. So it’s important to learn more and talk with your doctor. If your REMICADE® treatment is still working for you, ask your doctor about staying on it.
What is a biosimilar?
Biosimilars are complex biologic medicines. They are not generics. You may know generics are an exact copy of another medicine. But innovator biologics—like REMICADE®—are so complex, they cannot be copied exactly.
Even though infliximab biosimilars are very similar to REMICADE®, that doesn’t mean they are interchangeable with REMICADE®.
According to the FDA, no infliximab biosimilar has been proven to be interchangeable with REMICADE®.
In order for the FDA to deem a biosimilar interchangeable with REMICADE®, the biosimilar must show that:
It will work the same as REMICADE® for anyone who takes it—no infliximab biosimilar has yet proven this.
Switching or alternating back and forth between the interchangeable biologic and REMICADE® would not cause any changes in safety or how well the treatment works—no infliximab biosimilar has yet proven this.
The infliximab biosimilars are not approved as interchangeable with REMICADE®.
Remember, you have a voice in the matter.
If you are being asked to consider a biosimilar, ask your doctor…
- Is REMICADE® still working for me?
- Why am I being asked to switch?
- What are the risks and benefits of switching?
- Do I have to switch my medicine?
- Are side effects similar with the biosimilar?
- How long has the biosimilar been available?
- Was the biosimilar studied in my condition?
- How long will it take to see if the biosimilar is working for me?
- Will my insurance cover the biosimilar?
- Will the biosimilar cost the same?
- Does the biosimilar offer support programs like REMICADE®?