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Generic Drugs vs Brand Name: Johns Hopkins Researchers' Biologic Study Looked At Cheaper Options

(International Business Times) A new study indicates that generic biologic drugs — a cheaper option — are as just as effective as their brand name counterparts. Researchers from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health found that "generic forms of a biologic drug used to treat rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease and psoriasis" seemed to be just as safe and effective, according to a press release. 
This is an important development, United Press International points out because "concerns about the ability to create generic biologic drugs close enough to the brand name originators has slowed their creation."
Biologics are medications that are made from living cells. They're typically difficult to manufacture and companies that make the brand-name versions say that generic, cheaper versions aren't the same as the original product, according to HealthDay. Effective generic versions, or biosimilars, could save patients and the healthcare system a lot of money.
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