biologic

noun
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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In an eyebrow-raising coincidence, Pfizer—Gottlieb’s new professional home—now manufactures four kinds of biosimilars that aim to compete with some of the most popular biologic drugs on the market today. Katherine Ellen Foley, Quartz, "Trust issues deepen as yet another FDA commissioner joins the pharmaceutical industry," 1 July 2019 That opened the door to the development of biosimilars—lower-cost versions of brand-name biologics that are interchangeable in clinical efficacy and safety. Denny Lanfear, WSJ, "How Big Pharma Suppresses ‘Biosimilars’," 23 June 2019 By industry standards, Enbrel, an injectable biologic drug, is relatively old, with FDA approval for rheumatoid arthritis in 1998. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "Pfizer kept quiet about drug’s new Alzheimer’s potential," 4 June 2019 In Europe biosimilars have been rapidly adopted, offering the benefits of biologics at a much lower cost to patients and the health-care system. Denny Lanfear, WSJ, "How Big Pharma Suppresses ‘Biosimilars’," 23 June 2019 By industry standards, Enbrel, an injectable biologic drug, is relatively old, with FDA approval for rheumatoid arthritis in 1998. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "Pfizer kept quiet about drug’s new Alzheimer’s potential," 4 June 2019 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

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First Known Use of biologic

1904, in the meaning defined above

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biologic

noun
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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