bi·​o·​log·​ic | \ˌbī-ə-ˈlä-jik \
variants: or biological \ˌbī-​ə-​ˈlä-​ji-​kəl \

Definition of biologic 

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

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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 Generally, surgeons use one of two types, a synthetic, or mechanical, device or a biologic one made from cow or pig tissue chemically treated to prevent rejection. — Marlene Cimons, Washington Post, "Heart valve treatment has come a long way since surgeons used only their hands," 10 June 2018 New drug candidates are increasingly complex biologic drugs, not traditional molecules. Charley Grant, WSJ, "What Is Ailing the Drug Industry?," 22 June 2018 In 2017, the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research denied 19.7 percent of all applications for new drugs, biologics, and efficacy supplements, down from a 2010 peak of 59.2 percent, according to agency data. Caroline Chen, Fox News, "FDA repays drug industry by rushing risky meds to market," 1 July 2018 Many of the medicines in Part B are high-cost biologic drugs made from living cells. Robert Pear, The Seattle Times, "Trump proposal for Medicare drugs could raise costs for sickest patients," 2 June 2018 The biologic need for salt is about 2 grams per day – that’s less than a half-teaspoon. David Becker,, "A cardiologist's 5 best ways to cut salt from your diet," 22 May 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 \
variants: or biological \-​i-​kəl \

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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