Biologics treatment bares fruit

September 4, 2010

Biologics treatment bares fruit

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Biomedicines or biologics are at the cutting edge of treating a variety of illnesses where conventional treatment failed.

What are biologics?

Known as target-specific drugs, the success of biologics can largely be attributed to the fact that each biologic is manufactured in a way that enables it to directly target the affected or diseased cells.

Their efficacy in the treatment of psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis, asthma and some cancers has offered hope to many patients who have exhausted all other avenues.

Biologics comprise immunotherapy drugs that work on the immune system to create a hostile environment for diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis; and cytotoxic drugs that target actual diseased tissue, changing cell structure so the diseased tissue weakens and dies.

They include a wide range of products such as vaccines, blood and blood components, allergenics, somatic cells, gene therapy, tissues and recombinant therapeutic proteins.

Composed of sugars, proteins, nucleic acids, complex combinations of these substances or living entities such as cells and tissues, biologics are isolated from a variety of natural sources: human, animal, or micro organism – and may be produced by biotechnology methods and other cutting-edge technologies.

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