What is a biosimilar medicine?

Biosimilar medicines are follow-on versions of original biological medicines. They are independently developed after the patent protecting the original product has expired.

Biosimilar medicines are intended to have the same mechanism of action as the original biological medicines, and are designed to treat the same diseases as the innovator’s product.

The name, appearance and packaging of a biosimilar medicine differ to those of the biological reference medicine.

For further information please see our publication about Biosimilar Medicines