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.

REMICADE®

 Infliximab biosimilar

Even though infliximab biosimilars are very similar to REMICADE®, that doesn’t mean they are interchangeable with REMICADE®.

 BiosimilarityInterchangeability

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®?

Your treatment. Your choice. If you are asked to switch—ask your doctor about staying on REMICADE®.