You have a voice in the matter
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.
Biosimilars are another type of biologic medicine
Although the infliximab biosimilar works in a very similar way to an innovator biologic like REMICADE®—it is important to know that the infliximab biosimilar is not interchangeable with REMICADE®.
The infliximab biosimilar is not interchangeable with REMICADE®
An interchangeable biologic must show that it is more than biosimilar. It must also show that:
- It will work the same as REMICADE® for everyone who takes it—the infliximab biosimilar has not proven this
- Switching from REMICADE® to the interchangeable biologic would not cause any changes in safety or how well the treatment works—the infliximab biosimilar has not proven this
- Switching back and forth between the interchangeable biologic and REMICADE® would not cause any changes in safety or how well the treatment works—the infliximab biosimilar has not proven this
According to the FDA, no biosimilar is
interchangeable with REMICADE®.
Remember, you have a voice in the matter.
If your REMICADE® treatment is still working for you, talk with your doctor about staying on it.
If you are being asked to consider a biosimilar, ask your doctor…
- Why am I being asked to switch?
- What are the risks and benefits of switching?
- Do I have to switch my medicine?
- How long has the biosimilar been available?
- Does the biosimilar have as much experience as REMICADE®?
- Will my insurance cover the biosimilar?
- Will the biosimilar cost the same?