Caring for Patients utilizing biologic and biosimilar medications
Are you currently taking a Biologic drug for an autoimmune condition such as:
- Crohn’s disease
- Ulcerative colitis
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Ankylosing spondylitis
- Hidradenitis suppurativa
What is a biologic drug?
Biologic drugs are made from proteins and other substances through a biological rather than a chemical process. Biologic drugs are a lot bigger in size and more complicated that a normal chemical drug such as penicillin. Generally, biologic drugs are given to patients through injections or infusions, however there are some new biologic drugs that are given orally.
What is a biosimilar drug?
A biosimilar drug is a term used for biologic drugs that are similar to the originator or “brand name” product once its patent has expired. Because biologic drugs are more complicated than chemical drugs they can never be exactly the same as the original product. Certain insurance companies are requiring their clients to switch from brand name biologic drugs to a biosimilar version due to cost. The pharmacy team at SRx Pharmacy is very understanding about the stress this potential switch in your medicine may cause. Our pharmacists are knowledgeable on how this medication switch may affect you and are able to answer any questions you may have.
Does SRx Pharmacy have an infusion clinic?
Yes! We currently have two infusion clinics located in Calgary; one in Mission located at the Holy Cross Hospital and one in Aspen Woods located on West 85th Street. For further information about the infusion clinic please visit: https://specialtyrx.ca/infusion/. If you would like to receive your infusion at our infusion clinic please contact the pharmacy at 403-286-0013 and we will arrange the rest.
Please feel free to call us at 403-286-0013 with any questions concerning your autoimmune condition, biologic medication or for further information about our infusion clinic. We are always here to help and support you to live your healthiest life!