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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For more widespread disease, systemic therapy is generally required, which can involve either oral medication (like methotrexate, acitretin, or cyclosporine) or injectable biologic medications (like Enbrel, Humira or Stelara). Lambeth Hochwald,, "What to Know About Pustular Psoriasis, According to Dermatologists," 29 Aug. 2019 Related Stories The amount of biologic data that is available for research is unimaginable, scientists at Monday’s meeting said. Erin Allday,, "Artificial intelligence’ potential, limits explored at Livermore lab event," 26 Aug. 2019 Congress created a unique pathway for the FDA to greenlight cheaper equivalents to biologics, called biosimilars, in 2009. Kaiser Health News,, "New snakebite antidote drives competition, but costs will still bite," 18 Aug. 2019 China’s biologics market, for example, is worth around $4.7 billion to $6.2 billion versus the U.S.’s $118 billion industry, the report found. Kate O’keeffe, WSJ, "Congress Targets China’s Biotech Ambitions," 20 June 2019 They would be limited to importing from Canada only, and would not include drugs that are controlled substances or biologics, such as insulin. Erika Edwards, NBC News, "Drug costs push some to extreme measures as Trump admin unveils plan to import medicines from Canada," 31 July 2019 Democrats are also voicing concerns over language that would give pharmaceutical companies 10 years’ protection from cheaper competition in a category of ultra-expensive drugs called biologics, which are made from living cells. Washington Post, "Trump, Canada’s Trudeau try to build momentum for trade pact," 20 June 2019 The hope centered around two popular biologic drugs — Enbrel and Remicade — that work by inhibiting TNF, a protein produced by immune cells and other cells in the body that cause inflammation. John Fauber, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Researchers hoped these drugs could reverse heart failure. Instead, patients' risk of death rose.," 18 July 2019 Drugmakers could abandon biosimilar development, and makers of original biologic drugs could keep raising their six-figure-a-year prices indefinitely. NBC News, "Future is in doubt for cheaper versions of biologic drugs," 27 June 2019

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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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