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Biological and Biosimilar Medicines: An Information and Advocacy Toolkit for Patients' Organizations

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This Toolkit provides patients’ organizations with up-to-date, evidence-based information on the science, technology and regulatory information relevant to biological and biosimilar medicines, as well as tips on advocacy.

IAPO believes patients should be aware of what biological and biosimilar medicines are and what the implications of their increasing availability will mean to them. IAPO hopes these this resource will help patient advocates to make informed judgements on the value of biological and biosimilar medicines and actively engage in debate and discussion. 

The Toolkit contains a briefing paper on biological and biosimilar medicines, a quick guide, a guide on what patients' organizations can do, as well as a number of fact sheets.

This Toolkit is freely available to all patients' organizations across the world, whether an IAPO member or not. If you are a patients' organization, and would like a printed copy of the Toolkit, please see the order section at the bottom of this page.

 

Toolkit contents:

Briefing Paper on Biological and Biosimilar Medicines

This Briefing Paper provides detailed information on what biological and biosimilar medicines are, how they are developed and regulated, what their impacts are and could be, as well as exploring the opinions of patients and other healthcare stakeholders. It also contains a detailed glossary of terms.

 

 

 

 

 

Quick Guide on Biological and Biosimilar Medicines

This Quick Guide provides the reader with a brief introduction to biological and biosimilar medicines, why they are important and what patients need to know to use them safely and effectively. It was designed to provide an overview of the main issues detailed more thoroughly in the Briefing Paper.

 

 

 

 

 

What patients' organizations can do booklet

This booklet provides patients’ organizations with information about what they can do and how they can advocate for patient access to safe, high-quality, affordable and modern medicines. It includes IAPO member case studies as well as a template for action planning.

 

 

 

 

 

Fact Sheets

These Fact Sheets can act as useful and immediate references for key topics on biological and biosimilar medicines: 

Fact Sheet 1: Introduction and key definitions

Fact Sheet 2: What are biological and biosimilar medicines?

Fact Sheet 3: How are biosimilar medicines regulated?

Fact Sheet 4:Pharmacovigilance

Fact Sheet 5: What can patients' organizations do?

 

 

Useful resources and links

This insert provides useful links to other IAPO resources, toolkits and publications, as well as external links and references.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ordering a printed copy of the Toolkit
If you would like a printed copy of the Toolkit please fill in this order form and send  back to IAPO via email info@patientsorganizations.org.  

If you have any comments or questions about this Toolkit please contact: info@patientsorganizations.org. To read more about IAPO's work on biological and biosimilar medicines click here.

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