Contact your MP about biologic medicine substitution

Arthritis Queensland is concerned that patient safety may be compromised by current moves in Australia to allow biosimilars to be substituted for biologic medications at the pharmacy level. 

Biosimilars are not generics. Switching between a biologic and its biosimilar may increase the risk of adverse events and may impede safety monitoring.  Clinical evidence on the safety and effectiveness of patients switching between a biologic and a biosimilar is currently limited.

Our position is that, until more clinical evidence regarding the safety and efficacy of switching is available, people who are already receiving a biologic medication should not be switched to the biosimilar version without the informed mutual decision of the prescriber and the consumer. New patients or patients moving to a new biologic therapy, however, could be started on a biosimilar.

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