bi·​o·​log·​ic | \ ˌbī-ə-ˈlä-jik How to pronounce biologic (audio) \
variants: or biological \ ˌbī-​ə-​ˈlä-​ji-​kəl How to pronounce biological (audio) \

Definition of biologic

: a biological product (such as a vaccine or blood serum) used in medicine

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By industry standards, Enbrel, an injectable biologic drug, is relatively old, with FDA approval for rheumatoid arthritis in 1998. Author: Christopher Rowland, Anchorage Daily News, "Pfizer had clues its blockbuster drug could prevent Alzheimer’s. Why didn’t it tell the world?," 5 June 2019 Betting on new biologic medicines is one of the biggest long shots on Wall Street. Jim Greenwood, WSJ, "Trump’s Socialist Health-Care Scheme," 29 Oct. 2018 Some patients may also benefit from biologic agents like etanercept (Enbrel) and adalimumab (Humira) to help reduce inflammation and prevent joint damage, the Mayo Clinic says. Korin Miller, SELF, "Claire Foy on What It Was Like to Have 'Extremely Painful' Juvenile Arthritis," 9 Jan. 2019 The maker of tissue grafts and biologic implants also announced the resignation of its independent auditor, Ernst & Young LLP. Kimberly Chin, WSJ, "MiMedx to Shed Jobs as Part of Overhaul," 6 Dec. 2018 Biosimilars are near-copies of biologic drugs, such as Humira, that are made from living cells in a process that resembles brewing. Denise Roland, WSJ, "By Adding Patents, Drugmaker Keeps Cheaper Humira Copies Out of U.S.," 16 Oct. 2018 A decade ago, the best-selling non-biologic drugs in the U.S. had an average of five patents each, according to Lisa Larrimore Ouellette, a law professor at Stanford University. Denise Roland, WSJ, "By Adding Patents, Drugmaker Keeps Cheaper Humira Copies Out of U.S.," 16 Oct. 2018 There are no biologic differences that explain why ethnicity affects autism risk. Kate Wallis,, "A pediatrician on what the new autism numbers mean for Philadelphia parents," 1 May 2018 To be specific, the number of new shortages totaled 39 drugs and biologics, bucking a downward trend that was registered during each of the previous two years, when new shortages amounted to 26, according to a new FDA report. Ed Silverman, STAT, "FDA says drug shortages fell last year, but don’t blame the agency for persistent problems," 19 June 2018

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First Known Use of biologic

1904, in the meaning defined above

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bi·​o·​log·​ic | \ ˌbī-ə-ˈläj-ik How to pronounce biologic (audio) \
variants: or biological \ -​i-​kəl How to pronounce biological (audio) \

Medical Definition of biologic

: a biological product (as a globulin, serum, vaccine, antitoxin, or antigen) used in the prevention or treatment of disease

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