Get help Advice and information leaflets Switching to Biosimilars Have you been asked to switch from a biologic medicine to a new biosimilar? Are you a healthcare professional who will be talking with patients about switching? When a doctor, nurse, specialist or pharmacist wants to talk to a patient about switching their medication, it’s natural that patients will have many questions. When it comes to switching from a biologic medicine to a biosimilar, those questions may include: what’s the difference between a biologic and biosimilar? Will the biosimilar work in the same way? What if I choose not to switch? What if I want to switch back? Providing patients with information and resources to address these questions will help them to make an informed decision. For the past few years, the Patients Association has been working with patients, clinicians and pharmacists to create a set of resources to help patients decide what’s best for them when considering switching to a biosimilar medicine and to help healthcare professionals to better engage patients in the decision-making process. Together, we can all make sure that patients have the information they need to make the best and most informed decision. Leaflet for patients Leaflet for healthcare professionals Please let us know how useful you found the information in the leaflet and video Couldn’t find what you were looking for? Our team might be able to help - details of how to contact them below. Further information Understanding patient needs in switching from biologic to biosimilar medicines - Patients Association 2018 report If you want to find out more about biosimilars, you might find the following list of organisations useful.(The Patients Association is not responsible for information on external sites) NHSInformation on biosimilars National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society (NRAS)Information on biosimilarsHelpline: 0800 298 7650Email: [email protected] Crohns and Colitis UKInformation on biosimilar drugs for adalimumab (Humira)Helpline: 0300 222 5700Email: [email protected] Birdshot Uveitis Society (BUS)Biosimilars to Humira (adalimumab) - Q&AsEmail: [email protected] The Psoriasis Associationpsoriasis-association.org.uk Tel: 01604 251 620Email: [email protected] Diabetes UKDiabetes UK statement on biosimilar insulinTel: 0345 123 2399Email: [email protected] JDRF (Type 1 diabetes charity)jdrf.org.uk information on biosimilar insulin (published September 2015)Tel: 020 7713 2030Email: [email protected] National Ankylosing Spondylitis Society (NASS)NASS biosimilar informationHelpline: 020 8741 1515 Lymphoma ActionInformation on biosimilar lymphoma medicationHelpline: 0808 808 5555Email: [email protected] Contact the Patients Association helpline The Patients Association offers a free national helpline providing specialist information and advice to help patients make sense of their health and social care. Patients can talk directly to trained advisers in strict confidence about any concerns, questions or general experiences they have regarding the NHS and social care systems. The helpline is open from 9.30 am to 5pm, Monday to Friday, and calls outside these times are returned as soon as possible during opening hours. If you would like to contact the helpline, please call free on 0800 345 7115, or visit the Patients Association helpline page on our website for more information. The Switching to Biosimilars project has been developed by the Patients Association, supported through sponsorship from Novo Nordisk and Amgen, and an unrestricted educational grant from Sanofi. No companies had any influence on the development of the materials but they have commented on the final versions.