Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune and inflammatory disease, which means that the immune system mistakenly attacks healthy cells in the body, causing inflammation in the affected parts of the body. Rheumatoid arthritis mainly attacks the joints, usually several joints at once.
Biopharmaceuticals are known by various names, e.g. biologics or biopharmaceutical, biologicals. Biopharmaceuticals are drugs that are produced using genetically modified organisms and the possibilities of biotechnology. The best-known areas of application for biopharmaceuticals are in the fields of vaccines, insulins, rheumatism therapy or hormones.
More and more patients are receiving an offer from their doctor to use a "biosimilar" instead of their usual drug. However, the doctor does not always explain exactly what a biosimilar is and what the advantages and disadvantages are. Pharmacists also often don't know exactly how to explain to a customer what a biosimilar is.