Biological Biosimilar Survey Information Sheet


Biological Biosimilar Survey Information Sheet

You have been invited to take part in this survey because you require a biological medication for treatment of a specific medical condition. Your participation will enable better understand of the needs of patients on these types of medications and the issues surrounding changes to medication, involvement in shared decision-making and any educational needs.

The NHS is currently looking to the future to see how it can best deliver services that are safe and of high quality. Any change to services must incorporate new advances in medicine; take account of budgetary restraints whilst still providing services that meet patients’ needs.

Part of this process will be to review costs of treatment and compare with alternatives that may provide the same effect at a lesser cost. However, it is important that any changes to treatment are discussed with patients and the benefits and disadvantages clearly considered.

Medications are one of the areas where changes may be made to provide the same level of treatment but at a reduced cost. For instance when you go to the chemist for over the counter medication you will have a variety of options with a variety of costs for the same treatment. NHS England has outlined some Good Practice Principles to ensure that any changes in patient medication will be communicated and managed correctly.

The Patients Association want reassurance that these good practice guidelines are being adhered to and that patients are well informed. Also, that they are fully involved in shared decision-making about the best treatment for a specific condition. This is essential for all patients affected by the recent NHS England decision to promote biosimilar in place of Biological medicines.

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The NHS is trying to find ways to reduce costs but not quality.

Biological medications for conditions such as arthritis, Crohns disease, psoriasis to name a few are one of the areas where savings could be made by switching to a bio-similar drug at a lesser cost. If you are taking these medicines the Patients Association want to hear what you have to say. We’ve launched a survey ‘Medications for Specific Conditions’ to find out how you feel – share your views by logging on to our

You are also invited to attend our focus group to explore the topic and give your views in more detail at the Studio – 7 Cannon Street, Birmingham B2 5EP on 20 September 1:30-4:30pm. Refreshments provided. Contact to register your interest. Places are limited so book early

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