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Biosimilars: What You Need to Know
Are you a person living with arthritis? Do you want to learn more about biosimilars and the transition policies being implemented across Canada? Join Arthritis Research Canada/Arthrite-recherche Canada’s Scientific Director, Dr. Diane Lacaille, for an informative and interactive free webinar.

Biosimilars are alternatives to original brand biologic medications used in the treatment of certain types of arthritis that are as safe and effective as the originals. While biologics have provided major advances to the treatment of arthritis, they come at a significant cost. Biologics have become the most expensive drug class in provincial health care budgets.

As patents for original brand biologic medicines expire other manufacturers can produce a similar version of the medication at a lower cost. Biosimilars provide opportunities for more sustainable health care budgets and for funding new drugs coming into the market. Health Canada authorizes biosimilars for sale using rigorous regulatory standards. Studies need to show that biosimilars have the same effectiveness and safety as the original drugs.

Please sign-up for our webinar to learn more about this important topic!

Length: 1 hour, including Q&A.

May 19, 2021 03:00 PM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Speakers

Dr. Diane Lacaille | Arthritis Research Canada
Scientific Director, MDCM, MHSc, FRCPC
Dr. Diane Lacaille MDCM, MHSc, FRCPC is a rheumatologist and the Scientific Director at Arthritis Research Canada/Arthrite-recherche. She is a Professor in the Division of Rheumatology at the University of British Columbia (UBC). Dr. Lacaille completed her medical school and internal medicine training at McGill University in Montreal; as well as her Rheumatology training and Master’s in Health Sciences and Clinical Epidemiology at UBC. She currently holds the prestigious Mary Pack Chair in Rheumatology Research.